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Nate Dogg -- Family Suspects Cause of Death

3/16/2011 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nate Dogg's family believes the singer's death was caused by complications stemming from the two strokes he suffered over the past couple of years ... this according to the singer's close friend and manager Rod McGrew.

Nate Dogg Death

McGrew tells TMZ ... Nate's death was unexpected ... since he was making significant progress in his recovery from the most recent stroke he suffered in 2008.

According to McGrew ... Nate was "95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007" ... when the second stroke occurred in 2008 ... leaving Nate partially paralyzed and causing partial memory loss.

But McGrew says Nate had "cognitively fully recovered" -- meaning he got his memory back and was fully alert and aware all the way up to his final days.

McGrew just released a statement on behalf of himself and Nate's family ... saying, "We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support."

The statement continues, "We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friends 2Pac and Biggie."

Nate's official cause of death has not been released.

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robert h    

RIP Nate Dogg. :'(

1283 days ago
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Sonja    

#27~Adrienne

You said that beautifully!!!! Wish more people on here had positive thoughts and words.

1283 days ago
18.

RN    

The comment about hypertension is true, but it is unlikely that primary HTN would simply occur in someone so young even with risk factors such as family history, race, etc. How likely is it that uncontrolled hypertension would exist without treatment in someone who was under medical care already?

Ask any medical professional who works in an ER where there is demographic crack cocaine use, and they'll tell you what likely caused the stroke in this 41 y.o. black male. It could be due to other complications, yes, even withdrawal without a detox protocol with medication, but this guy was under medical care already, so it's unlikely he was going cold turkey on his own, or that complications from his prior strokes were not being treated with medication.

1283 days ago
19.

carlitos    

@MightyMad you know whats up..get'm!

1283 days ago
20.

adrienne    

thank you #30

1283 days ago
21.

Laramie    

WOW!!!! I feel like I just jumped back in time! I have to say it is frustrating for those of us who are fans of Nate Dogg to see a comment like "Why is this colored man famous?" How about "who is this man and why is he famous?" What does color have to do with it?

god bless to Nates family and friends. His contribution to music will always be remembered and admired.

1283 days ago
22.

NolesGirl    

Do you really believe that a real "tea party mom" would say something so obviously inflammatory and inciteful like that? It's obvious that poster is a troll trying to turn anything and everything into a 'race' issue just to make libertarians and tea party folks look bad. How sad and pathetic. Don't buy into it; theres a troll in every comment section... tea party members are PROUDLY made up of all different colors...

1283 days ago
23.

april    

#4 learn how to respect people. Because I'm a good person, I hope no one shows you the disrespect you have just shown on here.

1283 days ago
24.

DCKEMDWNKNG    

R.I.P. NATE DOGG!

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

IF IT WASNT FOR U SO MANY ARTIST WOULDNT B WERE THEY R IN THERE CAREERS.

JUST MEMBER MT BROTHER "ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN!"

213 DPG FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!

1283 days ago
25.

gaspar    

R.I.P KID WE GOING TO MISS U BUT WE NO U ARE IN A BETTER PLACE 1LOVE:(

1283 days ago
26.

bigbutt    

When you bash someone's comments, please make sure yours are readable.

1283 days ago
27.

JNenn    

theres no need to be rude teaparty mom or what ever your names is.. you need to learn to respect!
i didnt know who he was either.. so i looked him up and saw that some of the songs i liked were his!!

R I P nate dogg !!

1283 days ago
28.

Northern Lights    

To Nate's family and friends: EVERY SINGLE TIME since the 90's I hear Nate in "Regulate" I ALWAYS get chills... and that's just how his song hits you.... its THAT GOOD!! He WAS, IS, and ALWAYS BE Hip-Hop and we love him for that!! Nate, you are pure genius and we LOVE YOU throughout the years!! You have shown us strength, determination, and perseverance throughout your recovery after the strokes, and we thank-you for that! My deepest condolences to his loved ones...
Nate, you are NEVER forgotten!!!

1283 days ago
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Lorri G.     

He was a man first (nice looking man ), a talanted artist. High Blood pressure causes strokes. Do some reading before you post. RIP,

1283 days ago
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gaspar    

R.I.P KID WE GOING TO MISS U BUT WE NO U ARE IN A BETTER PLACE 1LOVE:(

1283 days ago
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