Much respected singer and rapper, Nate Dogg passed away yesterday during the early hours of the morning. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that he had died from unknown causes on March 15th, 2011 aged 41 years and they had been informed by is family.
Although the cause of death is still unclear, it is well recorded that Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel D. Hale) had been battling with serious health conditions for a number of years. On December 19th, 2007 he was thought to have suffered a heart attack which was later revealed to have been a stroke.
He had been a patient at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, California where staff confirmed his release on December 26th stating that he had been admitted into a medical rehabilitation center to aid his recovery. In January 2008 the news that he had been completely paralyzed down his left side was made public but doctors believed he would make a full recovery and his voice had not been affected.
His life had been a bumpy enough ride littered with successes and controversy, not least his arrest in April 2002 for offences related to firearms and drugs to which he pleaded guilty in May 2002. He was sentenced to community service and probation as well as being sent to drug counselling.
It is however his collaborations with other artists that he will be best remembered for, and which brought him his greatest successes. Although his solo work was well received it was his work with artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G amongst other names that won him the biggest plaudits and led to four Grammy nominations.
Since 2004, Nate Dogg was featured on and contributed to over 40 chart singles, and although a solo album was penned for release on the Affiliated Entertainment Group that same year he had to wait until June 3rd, 2008 for his eponymous album to hit record stores.
He also set up a gospel choir called Innate Praise leaving a lasting legacy to be remembered and enjoyed by family, friends and fans.
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