US singer Nate Dogg dies aged 41
US singer Nate Dogg has died of complications from multiple strokes.
The 41-year-old, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, passed away yesterday.
Nate Dogg's near-monotone crooning anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop.
He was not a rapper, but he was an integral figure in the genre.
His voice was featured on hits including Warren G's Regulate, 50 Cent's 21 Questions, Dr. Dre's The Next Episode and countless others.
Nate Dogg also put out his own solo projects but was best known for his collaborations with others. He had suffered strokes in recent years.
Last year, Warren G said Nate Dogg was in therapy but needed help.
"Everybody just gotta keep him in their prayers, cause he had two strokes and that's real dangerous. And a lot of people don't come back from that," he said in an interview to HipHollywood. "Cause the game needs him, I need him."
After word of his death spread, tributes poured in on Twitter. "We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met," Snoop Dogg tweeted.