Nate Dogg, the singer and rapper best known for his collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Warren G and Eminem, has died at the age of 41. His cause of death has not been announced, but the singer had previously suffered strokes in 2007 and 2008.
Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel D. Hale, had a distinct vocal style that blended the rhythm and cadences of rap with slick, laid-back R&B delivery. He got his start in music as a member of the trio 213 with the then-unknown Snoop Dogg and Warren G, and later made his debut on “Deeez Nuuuts,” a track on Dr. Dre’s 1992 blockbuster The Chronic. In 1994 he had his biggest hit with “Regulate,” a collaboration with Warren G that hit Number Two on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Other hits featuring Nate Dogg include Eminem’s “Shake That,” Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” 50 Cent‘s “21 Questions,” Mos Def’s “Oh No” and Ludacris’ “Area Codes.”
In addition to guest appearances on rap singles, Nate Dogg also recorded three albums as a solo artist. His most recent record, simply titled Nate Dogg, was recorded in 2002 and 2003 but was not released until 2008.
UPDATE: Nate Dogg’s attorney Mark Geragos has confirmed that the singer died from complications of multiple strokes on Tuesday.