Just one week after the death of original Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, the music world has lost another pivotal figure.
According to a recent article in Crawdaddy Magazine, Long Beach singer and hip-hop artist Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (aka Nate Dogg) passed away Tuesday at the age of 41.
First coming to fame with a guest appearance on rapper/ producer Dr. Dre’s seminal 1992 album “The Chronic,” Hale made a career out of contributing his soulful vocals to dozens of hit singles by other artists, while also embarking on a notable solo career. His final self-titled album was released in 2008, and his work on Warren G’s smash “Regulate” was nominated for a Grammy in 1995.
After suffering a stroke in 2007, Hale expected to make complete recovery but a second stroke in 2008 left the vocalist in weakened health and partially paralyzed. Though it is currently unknown if these previous episodes had anything to do with his death, TMZ has reported that Hale’s own family suspects complications from the incidents led to the singer’s untimely passing.