natedogg-rip230.jpgNate Dogg (nee Nathaniel D. Hale) passed away yesterday at the age of 41, his family has confirmed.

Though the cause of death was not yet known, the famous rapper suffered strokes in 2007 and 2008, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Hale was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and he's known for collaborating with fellow rappers Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Eminem.

Snoop Dogg tweeted yesterday, ""We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day."