Nate Dogg of G-Funk & Regulatas fame has died. There isn’t an official word out about the cause of death, but Nate Dogg has has several strokes in the recent years. I don’t know much about Nate Dogg’s health, but things like this seem to happen quite a bit in the black & Latino communities. It’s a terrible loss that will be felt across the American music spectrum, and it’s important to talk about the potential causes of premature deaths like this. Looking at my Twitter feed this morning I saw several people talking about the need for people of color, particularly middle-aged black males, to take care of their health in a more proactive way.
@NewBlackMan had this to say about the early passing of a beloved rapper & artist:
Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41: Report–http://bit.ly/dOCQER >> Brothas, take your asses to the doctor on a regular basis. #RealTalk
Need to know what those numbers mean on a blood pressure machine–you don’t always “feel” like you have high-blood pressure…
why they call it the silent killer…and when you get 40/50 sometimes those nagging aches and pains are that, but sometimes…
it’s your body telling you to take your ass to the doctor#RIPNateDogg
Here’s the official release from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:
LONG BEACH — Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday, his family announced.
The rap star, born and reared in Long Beach, Calif. was 41.
Cause of death is not known. However, Hale had suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008.
Details will be available later.
And, now in honor of Nate Dogg & the hip-hop/g-funk foundation he laid, the official Regulatas video by Warren G featuring the late, great Nate Dogg.