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The Long Beach Press Telegram, which first reported the performer’s passing, says Nate – real name: Nathaniel D. Hale – suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him partially paralyzed and another the following year.
Still, Rod McGrew, his close friend and manager, tells TMZ the death was unexpected and that the four-time Grammy nominee – who rose to fame in the 90s with the Warren G track “Regulate” – had been making significant progress in his recovery.
McGrew said Nate had gotten his memory back and was fully alert and aware up until his death.
“We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world,” McGrew said in a statement. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support. We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friends 2Pac and Biggie.”
Hours after his death, several members of the hip hop community took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Tweeted Snoop Dogg (who first collaborated with Nate in the early 90s in the rap group 213 ): “I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan.” Rapper and collaborator Daz Dillinger added, “R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE.” 50 Cent Tweeted, “GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it.” Said rapper The Game: “I lost a friend. Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose “US” as well. LIVING until that day comes is our only option.”
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