Nate Dogg’s Cause of Death Explained

News quickly spread today (March 16) that iconic hip-hop singer Nate Dogg, 41, had passed on Tuesday morning, but early reports where not certain of the cause of the West Coast artist’s death. The Associated Press spoke to his attorney, who revealed the reasoning behind the premature demise of the rap crooner, born Nathaniel D. Hale.

According to his lawyer, Mark Geragos, Nate had succumbed to complications stemming from multiple strokes that he suffered from in 2007 and 2008.

Manager and friend, Rod McGrew, told TMZ that despite Hale’s ongoing health problems, he was making strides in his recovery and his death was unexpected.

Nate, who had recorded an abundance of chart topping singles with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Eminem, Warren G and Ludacris, among others, was memorialized by the hip-hop nation on Twitter. “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb,” longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg wrote on his account. “One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met,” Snoop Dogg tweeted Tuesday night.

“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.”

As of press time, plans for Nate Dogg’s funeral service are unknown.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more information becomes available. —Elan Mancini

  • ALDERMAN J

    just think, J DILLA ON THE BEAT, TUPAC AND BIGGIE, WITH NATE DOG ON THE HOOK!!!!!! THAT WOULD BE HEAVEN SENT!!!!!

  • aneka lightsey

    It is very sad that he passed away i jus heard a track he dropped wit snoop and this sh*t is crazy to me right now, cant believe this!

  • martha

    This is horrible i am truly sadden by his I remeber jammin to his hits at my high school dances he will always be rembered!!

  • Cooper R

    R.I.P. Nate Dogg. To Nate’s family and the Dogg Pound Family my prayers and deepest sympathy. *Tear*

  • eddie`

    your going to be missed! what a great loss! but thanks for all the good music you left behind for us!!!!

  • Brad

    “but early reports where not certain of the cause of the West Coast artist’s death.”

    where = place
    were = past tense of was

    RIP Nate Dogg

    • http://www.last.fm/user/KoldShadow KoldShadow

      Yeah, that typographical error really bugged me . . . it’s kind of annoying how many shortcomings in proofreading I’m finding in articles on major websites nowadays. -_-

  • jherri mcbride

    So sorry to hear about the passing of one of hip hops greatest singer/rapper, he will be deeply missed. R.I.P NATE DOGG

  • Jim

    R.I.P. Homie. You will be missed by many. Shine down on us from above!

  • autum7

    Great talent and voice. So sad to hear about his passing. R.I.P. nate dogg. You will be very missed.

    • Don maC

      gomer is some silly little kid who’s bored and wants attention. and by the usage of “nigg nogg” we can presume which community he/her/its from.

      rip NateDogg

  • Gomer

    Good riddance; who cares about some silly dead nigg nogg.

    • Nikki

      “Gomer” your name tells the world of the stupidity level…. your comment simply reinforces this. How sad and stupid a creature you are. More than one will probably piss on your grave someday, because I am sure you are just as offensive to people in your daily life.

      • OCBratt

        You tell him, Nikki! Down with Gomer

      • Kina

        Nicely and intelligently put Nikki!! Gomer needs prayer so just do it!

    • Gypsy

      Thats pretty fucked up Gomer, he was talented. And he didnt die of a drug overdose, it was something due to health issues, Karma is a motherfucker, you better watch yourself, that bitch comes back 20fold.

    • dmoney

      i’m not gonna lie this was kinda funny when i read it but still thats really fucked up and mean. whats your problem bro?!

    • OCBratt

      Obviously everyone cares but you, Gonad Gomer. And that is why your day of reckoning is near fo sho

    • Nikki from tha Co

      Your dumb ass wouldn’t know the impact that he had in so many peoples lives cuz your so far stuck up your own “brown eye” to fuckin see that. and Gypsy is right Karma is a bitch so get ready.

    • Sexy dee

      Gomer has issues stupid fuck.RIP Nate.

    • Sgt. Carter

      Way to go Pyle!!! Tell them like it is private!

      • don mac

        excuse me officer hammer. i had to jump in front of you so i could point this comment out…

        commenters dont know about Gomer Pyle USMC, an old tv show

        gomer pyle was a buffoon of a soldier
        SGT CARTER was a drill instructor

        I can imagine the moderated comments that haven’t shown up

      • qua

        and since you are with gomer you are next carter!

    • Hammer

      Gomer that was a comment that should not have been made. Nates family read the comments and you probably hurt someone deeply.
      Question: What is a Nigg Nogg
      Answer: A comment some moron came up with on an email, because he wouldnt say it to someones face.
      You must be a part of some neo nazi club, who are idiots by the way, and thought that comment was funny. I am a white guy who did not appeciate that comment, and a Police Officer. God be with Nate and his family, and God be with Gomer, cuz brother you are going to need him. RIP Nate Dogg

    • R.I.P

      Yo gomer, you goin straight to hell

      R.I.P bigg Nate

    • qua

      you better hope like hell you don`t come in contact with me accidentally and if you do you better burry yourself quick!

      • qua

        and yes i do mean you gomer. you can and will be tracked down like a white dogGGGGGGGGGGg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Gomer

          Go ahead, try to track me down you brainless simian, you and what army? You probably can’t find your way out of the local crack house, let alone your mother’s crack, for that matter.

    • Tre

      Gomer,

      Regardless of your intent, meant it to be funny or get attention, that is some foul shit to say about the dead. I could take the time to rip you a new asshole for this, but instead, I’ll let karma deal with you. Of course you will laugh this off and go on with your life after reading this, but when something unexplainably foul happens to you, remember you were warned

      • Gomer

        Yeah sure, more big talk from an internet bigmouth. Go shit in your hat while I piss buckets on your nigg nogg’s grave.

        • Chris P

          Gomer,

          First off, understand that you are the ‘internet big-mouth’ in this thread, hiding behind the anonymity that the internet provides you in order to post racist comments to cause conflict so that people to pay attention to you. What is sad is that your post was clearly to get attention. You are probably insecure and lonely, and what is frankly pathetic is that to get someone to notice to you, you slandered the life of another human in the process. I won’t threaten you here, or tell you that ‘karma is a bitch’, I’ll just tell you that I’m sorry for your upbringing and ignorance, and that hopefully one day you’ll learn to respect others.

          RIP Nate Dogg

    • paul

      yo no gomer pile. You can always be located and taught some respect if you don’t learn it on your own. it’s not hard to search an IP address.

      • drdre

        lets see you trace an ip address lol

    • YoungSaint

      how i some dumb racist redneck gonna come on here talking crap? sorry but if you want to use stupid racial refrences you are in the wrong place *CRACKER*

  • http://google joel hidalgo

    man i what a sad loss i remember bumbin his songs all day long and im only 14 hip hop will never be the same without him and thats the truth i dont care what nobody says

  • Zach K

    We’ll miss you Snoop R.I.P. Prairs to you and your family

    • Tico

      The PRAYERS are for Nate not Snoop’s family

  • http://google francisco hidalgo

    i was hoping he would have got better to go to one of his concerts becouse i never went to one of his before and i was going to take my nephew with me but not no more and the sad part is i made a promise to him now he is going to think im a liar maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

  • http://uvwray.com Victoria

    Talented entertainer. I was so shocked to learn this news. I had to hurry to XXL to see if it was true. :O R.I.P. God be with his family.

  • SanMarie

    RIP Nate and I hope you find closure and peace. You will be missed.

    Ps. There still some assholes here that are really racist scum and we will ignore then, but ask savior to forgive them for they know not what they do.

  • Geezy0587

    Its a sad day in Hip Hop. R.I.P my brother. Listening to THUGS GET LONELY TOO!- Loyal to the Game.

  • isain bautista

    REgulaters
    RIP_NATE DOGG

  • Linda

    Gomer your stupid
    your mother obviously never taught you ANY manners
    you shouldnt be happy about someones passing…that just shows how much of a jerk you really are and i dont even know you and i know your personallity.
    I feel sorry for the girl who falls in love or dates you….

    R.I.P Nate Dogg

  • Prince

    Dont give gomer the satisfaction he wants if you say noting to his comment he will not be able to feed of of his stupidity.I remember Nate dogg songs back in high school.I just pray he knew Jesus before his passing.I pray for his family in this time of need.

  • Patrick

    He was one of the Greatest Rappers of all time!!!He’s up there with Pac and Biggie havin one Bumpin reunion!!!!

  • queen mama

    r.i.p Nate Dogg <3 u will be truly missed!

  • Mex-I-CAN

    DAAMMN…. NATE DOGG WILL ALWAYS BE THE HOOK,THE SOUL… DA U-NEEK VOICE OF DA WEST COAST (DA ENTIRE)RAP GAME & R&B… ALWAYS AND FOREVER NATE DOGG!!! “ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN”… REMEMBER DA JAMM “ONE MORE DAY” ON DA “MURDER WAS THE CASE” RECORD… R.I.P. NATE DOGG!!! GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL….

  • bethany b

    man this sucks bad. that nigga should not have died it is a tragedy. and gomer there is something seriously wrong wit you. you need some help bad

  • steveal

    sad loss

  • smashin

    “it must be a hit with nate dogg singin on it.”

  • Blow

    sad but Charlie Sean is next >:)

  • SHAKA LUTHER KANG

    I just wanted to say R.I.P to the homie Nate Dogg.A true O.G when it came to doing those classic hooks he did.

    And everybody responding to Gomer,please don’t because he’s just lonely and don’t know better and that’s why he wrote that.Don’t make this section about him,let’s pay homage to the real o.g of hooks,Nate Dogg

  • mutada mullah atari

    Sad but we are going to see many more of our favorite rapper and producers passing in their 40′s and 50′s, let this be a wake up call that a steady stream of blunts, weed, drink and unhealthy food is not needed to make great music

  • jtm

    rip nate dogg.

  • saigondakar

    R I P

    GOD BLESS HIM

  • kiwi

    rip big brotha, from al ur lil brothaz downunda in nz. 1 love.

  • nigga pussy

    he was a real nigga……..true to da game but may his soul rest in peace

  • rah

    Sad day in hip hop.his legacy will live on…..classic music but horrible blunt wraps, ur truely missed by us all nate dogg

  • laulau

    so sorry to hear about this bad news!
    we’ll miss you Eminem and my prayer’s goes to you and to all’s suffering about this loss. Whara great big Loss!!

  • http://2centtab.blogspot.com Judah

    Nate Dog had his own style and flow. First R&B hook artist way before T Pain.

    ~Judah
    2centtab.blogspot.com

  • jesterdxxl

    That don’t really explain his death now does it XXL you need to Lil Jon yourselves ‘Step Yo Game Up’ don’t start becoming SOHH or HipHopGalaxy

    R.I.P NATE DOGG NOT ONLY WILL YOUR VOICE BUT YOUR PRESENCE WILL BE MISSED

  • posesynik

    the good thing about all this is atleast he wasnt murdered like most greats were

  • Nate

    R.I.P. Nate. Master of the hook, the chorus will never be the same.

  • Mr Diamond

    R-I-P Good Man

  • Harry

    R.I.P. Homie Nate Dogg

  • Dead President

    oh no another one of my brothers. . last of a rapidly dying breed Nate Dogg R.I.P

  • Geoffrey

    R.I.P Nate Dogg, I will always remember you. May God give your family strength through this difficult moment.

    “Gommer what if Nate Dogg was your blood/relative, would you have made such a comment, am so disappointed”.

  • sean

    yo i agree wit nicki apparently u dont have any respect for others or yourself let that be one of yours so go on wit the bull rip nate

  • EAZY-E

    FOOK YOU GOMER. YOUR THE ONE SIITING LISTENING TO JUSTIN BIEBER SO FOOK OFF

  • Jcreole

    HEY GOMER- I THINK YOU GOT FUCKED IN THE ASS TOO MANY TIMES BY SGT. CARTER……YOU DUMB BITCH!!!!!!
    SHOW SOME RESPECT YOU DUMB FUCK!!!!!!!!!

    RIP N. DOGG

  • MT

    no nate dogg, no akon. and he blessed so many tracks: snoop, dre, mos def and pharoe monch (don’t sleep), eminem, ludacris. maybe imitated but never duplicated. love that motherf*cker. Rest in Peace.

  • Michael

    RIP nate dogg…you made a huge impact on the hip hop world.

  • No Name

    It figures. Not to try to sweeten death, but better that than accidental, or incidental, overdose. Way too many celebrities go out like that. Nonetheless, rest in peace, Nate. May the big Eastside Motel in the sky have a suite waiting for you, :-).

  • yabi aftermath

    the bese sounded DO double G RIP ….we lost one big bse dog

  • Jamie – new zealand

    Fuckyou GOMER BOY from NZ westside you piece of shit. (R.I.P Gangster)

  • http://google kyomuhangi proscovia

    may his soul rest in peace

    • http://XXL Bird Men

      He was so sick just amazing, can’t believe he died

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  • http://XXL Bird Men

    Poor Nate RIP dog…

  • http://www.crownmuzikent.viviti.com jantre-crownmuzikent.viviti.com

    Damn, It’s messed up would have never thought it would have had happen like that. I had just talked to my cousin about the music and how it’s been twenty years going on thirty and how I use to watch some of the greatest and Nate Dogg was in there just was thinking about the Double Album he had released that had really didn’t get the exposure it was supposed to….He will be missed..holla c/o 97

  • carl

    dead dogg

  • kris

    rest in peace nate dogg we shall always miss u