Nate Dogg was not a marquee name in West Coast music like his high school buddy, rapper Snoop Doggy Dog. But he collaborated on records with artists like 50 Cent, and was nominated for four Grammys during his career.
Dogg’s career was a relatively short one. He died at age 41 Tuesday in Long Beach, Calif., of complications from a stroke.
It’s a tragic story, the worse-case scenario of what can happen with a stroke. Dogg, born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, had a stroke in 2007. He had just about recovered from it, according to his obituary in The New York Times.
But the next year, 2008, he suffered a second stroke. He was partially paralyzed and had to breathe through a trachotomy tube. He could not speak.
Three years later, he is gone.