It is a sad day in the hip-hop community as one of the forefathers of the gangsta rap movement of the early 2000s has passed away.  Nate Dogg was mainly known for with silky hook singing on songs with Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and his classic duet with Warren G "Regulate".  Nate has battled strokes for several years now but what caused his demise is not yet fully clear.

Legendary singer/rapper Nate Dogg passed away in the early morning hours of March 15, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. They reported that news was announced by his family.

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Though the cause of death has not yet been made public, Nate Dogg began battling health issues a few years back, as he suffered strokes in 2007 and 2008.

Born Nathaniel D. Hale, Nate was known for his frequent collaborations with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Xzibit, Daz Dillinger and more, as well as his memorable hooks. He was nominated for four Grammys during his illustrious career.