Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel D. Hale) died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes. The Long Beach, Calif. native was 41. While the official cause of death has not been determined (Addendum: It's been reported he died of congestive heart failure), Nate has been in fragile health, wheelchair-bounded and lived in a nursing home since suffering two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008. He was left paralyzed on left side of his body as a result of a stroke. Pastor Daniel Hale, Nate's father, says his son was merely existing, not living: "That's all we could do in that condition. It wasn't a disease or sickness. He wasn't suffering, he was just handicapped." He got his start with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G in a Long Beach-area band called 213. He later recorded with Dr. Dre on "The Chronic" and appeared in Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Doggystyle." Pastor Hale is making the 30-hour drive to Long Beach to make funeral arraignments.
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