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BREAKING NEWS: Nate Dogg dead 2011: Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris, DJ Quik tweet tributes to 'Regulate' rapper






Following rapper Nate Dogg's death Tuesday at age 41, tributes from his friends and collaborators are pouring in hailing the "Regulate" singer as a West Coast hip-hop legend.
The most vocal of these musicians has been Snoop Dogg, who went to high school with the rapper in 1986, when he was still known as Nathaniel D. Hale and went on to form the rap trio 213 with Nate Dogg and Warren G in 1991.
In several Twitter posts, Snoop wrote that he was "so sad" about his friend's passing but that "all doggs go to heaven."
"We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb," he tweeted. "I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day u put the g n g funk u put the 1 n 213 n u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit."
Fellow rapper 50 Cent, who worked with Nate Dogg on his song "21 Questions," wrote that the rapper "had a way of making everything feel hard."
"nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P," he tweeted, adding that Dogg "meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it."
Dogg's collaborator on 2001's "Area Codes," Ludacris, wrote that he was "glad we got to make history together."
"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled," he tweeted.
Rapper Xzibit, who appeared alongside Dogg on a celebrity episode of "The Weakest Link" in 2002, expressed his affection for the musician.
"We love you Nate Dogg, it's never going to be the same," he tweeted.
MC and record producer DJ Quik, whose 1998 album "Rhythm-AI-Ism" featured vocals by Nate Dogg, simply tweeted, "Nathaniel Hale, south paw.”
Meanwhile, fellow West Coast rapper The Game lamented losing another friend.
"Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose "US" as well," he tweeted. "LIVING until that day comes is our only option."
Another old friend, rapper Warren G, whose 1994 hit "Regulate" is probably one of Dogg's most famous tunes, tweeted about his friend's health on Sunday.
"For those that dont know awhile back nate had 2 strokes he is in therapy thanks again for your support," he tweeted.
The rapper has not written since his friend's death and his rep did not respond to calls for comment.
Other celebrities who respected the rapper also weighed in on his passing. Holly Robinson Peete called him a "talented brother" and Kim Kardashian pronounced him a "West Coast LEGEND!" and revealed one of her favorite songs is "Regulate."
Pro footballer Reggie Bush tweeted for Dogg to "Rest in Beats," while comedian Dave Chappelle called for a moment of silence "for a hip-hop legend."
"You will be missed, G Funk Era forever. #natedogg," he tweeted.
The details of Nate Dogg's death have not been released, but he had suffered two strokes in recent years, one in 2007 and another a year later.
He rose to fame as a guest vocalist on Dr. Dre's 1992 album "The Chronic" after the famous rapper heard a demo by 213.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2011/03/16/2011-03-16_nate_dogg_dead_2011_snoop_dogg_50_cent_ludacris_dj_quik_tweet_tributes_to_regula.html#ixzz1Gmj9J7w2

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