We have lost another "G" to the game as Nate Dogg, a legend of the West Coast music scene has passed away.

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Sadly, after years of battling deteriorating health, rapper and LBC native Nate Dogg (whose real name was Nathaniel Hale) passed away at the age of 41. No exact cause of death was immediately released when the family announced his death to the Long Beach Press Telegram, though the rapper suffered two massive strokes in recent years, one in 2007 which left him partially paralyzed, and another in 2008. Nate Dogg was a four-time Grammy nominee and a major participant in the West Coast G-Funk sound, contributing memorable and chart-topping hooks to hits spanning the past two decades, starting with his heavy featuring on Dr. Dre's The Chronic. He went on to add his smooth, laid-back sound to Warren G's "Regulate," Dre and Snoop Dogg's "The Next Episode," Ludacris' "Area Codes" and Eminem's "Shake That." His most recent solo album, Nate Dogg, was released in 2008.

via Rapper Nate Dogg Dead at 41; Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Xzibit Pay Respects - E! Online.

This truly weighs heavy on my heart and I still can't believe that he passed away. I will for sure be listening to my G-Funk Classic cd all day today.

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