NATE DOGG, whose real name was NATHANIEL D. HALE, died YESTERDAY (3/15). He was 41. The cause of death is unknown at this time. He had suffered from several health problems, including two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008.

NATE DOGG made his debut on DR. DRE's 1992 album "The Chronic." DOGG, along with SNOOP DOGG and TUPAC SHAKUR, became close friends and frequent collaborators during that decade.

SNOOP DOGG tweeted, "We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 ... I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan all doggs go to heaven..."