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The music community was shocked yesterday by the news of the death of rapper Nate Dogg, who was just 41 when he passed away on Tuesday night. He was huge influence and collaborator in the hip-hop community, and Nate's friends and peers are expressing their grief over the loss.
Mariah Carey took to her Twitter account to send out her tribute. "#RipNateDogg Thank u for lending ur voice to the S/T of my life & inspiring so many including myself & working w/me on 1 of my fav collabos," the pregnant singer wrote.
Eminem also came forward to express his feelings. "Nate's voice in music will never be replaced," the Grammy winner said Wednesday. "He helped create the blueprint for West Coast hip-hop, and I was one of the lucky people who had the privilege to work with him and the honor to have him as a friend. Nate will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones."
Warren G., who created the hit "Regulate" with Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel Hale), admitted to being shocked his pal's death.
"Nate's passing is a terrible loss to all of those who loved him or had the opportunity to work with him," the rapper said. "He will be greatly missed but he would want us to celebrate his life and the music he made. You are free now my brother, I will see you again one day."
Though the official cause of death has not been released, Nate Dogg's manager says that his client and good friend died of natural causes as a result of two strokes he suffered in 2007 and 2008.
"It was sudden and we were quite surprised," Rod McGrew told E! News, adding that he and the hip-hop legend's family "really appreciate the outpouring of support from the fans."