Nate Dogg dies at 41 after a long struggle with health problems

nate-dogg-rip.jpgHip-hop rapper and singer Nate Dogg has sadly passed away at age 41. 

The West Coast artist had consistently struggled with serious health problems since a stroke paralyzed his left side in late December 2007. Nine months later, he suffered another stroke. 

Toward the end of his life, Nate spent a considerable amount of time in medical rehab facilities undergoing physical therapy in an effort to get his mobility back.

Born Nathaniel D. Hale on August 19, 1969 in Long Beach, CA, Nate began singing in the church where his father was a Pastor. 

He left home at 16, dropping out of high school to join the Marine Corps where he served for three years. At 21, he hooked up with Snoop Dogg and Warren G in the rap trio 213. 

Nate signed with Death Row Records in 1993. His first hit single, "Regulate," dropped in 1994. 

Nate would go on to be featured on several Tupac Shakur records before signing with Elektra. The four-time Grammy nominee had his fair share of troubles, having been arrested on drug and weapons charges in 2002, but he will best be remembered for his contributions to and collaborations on over 40 hit singles between 1991 and 2011.

He died Tuesday, March 15 in his home town of Long Beach, CA. 

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