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article imageHip-hop musician Nate Dogg dies at 41

By Lynn Curwin     Mar 16, 2011 in Entertainment
American hip-hop musician Nate Dogg died on Tuesday, at the age of 41, due to complications from strokes he suffered in 2007 and 2008.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that the musician, who was born Nathaniel Hale, had been in fragile health since suffering the strokes.
Nate Dogg is well known for his songs Regulators, I Got Love and collaborations with other hip-hop legends such as Dr. Dre.
His friend and manager Rod McGrew told TMZ that he had been "95 per cent recovered from the first stroke in 2007" when he had the second one, which caused partial paralysis and memory loss. He said the singer had been making significant progress from the second stroke and his memory had recovered.
"We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world," he said in a statement provided on behalf of himself and Hale's family. "We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support."
CBC News reported that Hale sang in churches as a child and began his professional musical career with the 1990s hip hop trio 213, with Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
Nate Dogg performed with Warren G on "Regulate," 50 Cent on "21 Questions," Dr. Dre on "The Next Episode," Ludacris on "Area Codes," Tupac Shakur on "All About U," and Eminem on "Shake That."
Before beginning his musical career, Hale was in the Marines, but was dishonorably discharged, and was briefly involved in the drug trade.
Later in life he was charged, but not convicted, of armed robbery and trying to kidnap an ex-girlfriend. He was sentenced to probation for gun possession.
A few months after suffering a stroke in 2008, he was arrested for stalking and threatening his estranged wife, but the charge was later dropped.
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