March 16th, 2011
01:59 PM ET
Fans and celebrities alike are pausing with reflection as word spreads that hip-hop artist and vocalist Nate Dogg passed away on Tuesday. His longtime manager, Rod McGrew, confirmed to CNN that Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Hale, died at the age of 41.
Hale – who was the legendary master of the rap hook – famously appeared on Dr. Dre’s seminal album “The Chronic,” and provided vocals for a number of rappers, in addition to releasing his own solo work with albums such as “G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2" and “Music & Me."
As of Wednesday, McGrew told CNN that the family has yet to receive an official cause of death, although McGrew believes the artist died of natural causes. Complications from the two strokes Hale suffered in the past few years could have been a factor as well.
According to McGrew, Hale had recovered 95 percent from his first stroke, but the second stroke was "deeper and more severe" and left him in a "challenging physical state."
Hale’s manager added that the second stroke left the artist partially paralyzed and for the most part bedridden, although he could be moved to a wheelchair for outings.
McGrew, who along with Hale’s mother, sister and stepfather, was at Hale’s side in the hospital, called the death sudden.
Of course, the loss of Nate Dogg has reverberated throughout the hip-hop community and beyond.
“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb,” collaborater and friend Snoop Dogg tweeted. “One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met…. I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan…all doggs go to heaven.”
Ludacris, who worked with Hale on “Area Codes,” concurred, re-tweeting Snoop's sentiment of "RIP Nate Dogg" and adding, “There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together.”
Added musician Erykah Badu, "Nate Dogg... freshness period. rest in beats."
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