LONG BEACH — Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday, his family announced.
The rap star, born and reared in Long Beach, Calif. was 41.
Cause of death is not known. However, Hale had suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008.
Details will be available later.
The four-time Grammy nominee appeared on numerous tracks for hip-hop’s biggest stars including Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, and released three solo albums throughout his career.
After showcasing his laid-back rapping/singing delivery on Dr. Dre’s classic debut album “The Chronic,” Nate Dogg was featured on Warren G’s 1994 single “Regulate,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The song was the first of a number of hip-hop singles, including Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Fabolous’ “Can’t Deny It,” Ludacris’ “Area Codes” and Eminem’s “Shake That,” to feature a vocal hook from the rapper. Nate Dogg’s most recent solo album, “Nate Dogg,” was released in 2008.