Rapper Nate Dogg has died at 41, according to multiple sources.
The news was first reported by Long Beach Press-Telegram and has been confirmed by Prefix Magazine and Billboard Magazine.
Long-time friend and collaborator Snoop Dogg further confirmed the news via Twitter. He tweeted, “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met.”
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale was born August 19, 1969 in Long Beach, Calif. Hale played an influential role in the west coast rap scene, working with Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Eminem, among other artists. His signature song, “Regulate”, was recorded in 1994 with his cousin, Warren G.
In recent years he saw a decline in his health, suffering two strokes, but no cause of death has been confirmed.