Nate Dogg Dies

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March 16, 2011 | 5:15am EST

Rapper Nate Dogg has died, aged 41.
Snoop Dogg’s cousin – real name Nathaniel Hale – passed away on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with numerous health issues, reports the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Hale, whose cause of death is not yet known, suffered a series of strokes in 2007 and 2008, which left him paralysed down the left side of his body.

His pal Warren G appealed to fans in November asking them to help contribute to the star’s medical costs as he underwent a lengthy rehabilitation process to regain the ability to walk and talk.

Hale rose to fame with Snoop Dogg and Warren G when they formed group 213. Dr. Dre heard their demo at a house party in Long Beach, California and signed them to Death Row Records in 1993. Hale also appeared on tracks with stars including Tupac Shakur, Mark Ronson and Eminem.