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Rapper Nate Dogg Dies At 41

3/16/2011 8:23am EDT

Nate DoggRapper Nate Dogg has died at age 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 paralyzed 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.

Nate Dogg

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