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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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Lorri G.     

I thought after the re-load incident with the Senator Gabriele Gifford being shot that the "tea party" went undergroudn in Alaska. God help us to be so lucky!!!!!! Ignorant menace to society, unions,christians, and life in general.

1286 days ago
92.

OG_Gal_in_LV    

Listen up...

I am a white(well, so fair, I'm actually see thru..) thisclose to the big 5-0 gal and Nate Dogg had one of the most beautiful baritone I have ever heard. RIP Nate!! If we work it right maybe we'll get to hear you rap again someday!!

God Bless

1286 days ago
93.

Tiffany    

R.I.P. Nate Dogg

Yall could've just ignored that first comment from tea party mom

1286 days ago
94.

kev    

Wow natzi germany is alive and well in america we will never have a country together as londg as dumb ass white pepole are alive in the county

1286 days ago
95.

krane b    

@4, How about why was this artist famous, or why was this man famous, to have implied "colored" is sickening,@15same thing..Sometimes its easier to shut ones mouth than to open their minds. Nate Dogg was a great influence in the world of hip hop. His music touched the majority of people under the age of 40. Ask anyone in Hollywood or NY who Nate Dogg is and find out. May God bless you all and BTW...save the labels for the clothes at walmart!

1286 days ago
96.

TERETHA    

R.I.P TO ONE OF THE L.B.C GREAT'S NATE DOGG YOU KNOW WE GONE DO IT BIG IN THE LBC FOR YOU HOMIE. MY FAM SENDS OUR CONDULANCES TO THE FAM HE IS LIVING THAT BOSS'S LIFE FOR REAL KNOW WE THE MAN WHO RAISED US ALL JESUS TAKE TAKER OF NATE DOGG.

1286 days ago
97.

One Time    

First off to all the negative comments. chill. #4 #11 #13. ....a PROPER QUESTION WOULD HAVE STATED: what is this guy famous for? or who is this guy? but ignorance is bliss for most.... since you are fortunate to post these questions....Google or yahoo could have simply answered your question. Why does color even have to be involved? I sometimes wonder why are we (the US Citizens) fighting to protect freedom when there is no true freedom until something threatens everybody (the US)...waiting for the next 9/11 i guess....then everybody will be friends ...let's go America ... all for one ...and one for all... Love my country ... hate the idiots that promote unity and tear it down at the same time. R.I.P - Nate ... hope there is more peace than here....

1286 days ago
98.

JBF    

RIP Nate Dogg. May anyone who talks bad about you find themselves through your music. You brought real entertainment, music that elevates emotion.

1286 days ago
99.

Proudmomma    

You shouldn't refer to this man as any color. In stead of saying colored man or black man you should have asked Why was this man famous. Also if your smart enough to be on the internet than you smart enough to look him up on the internet.

1286 days ago
100.

Tone 4rm Ox    

Wow! A true legend, Icon and performer! Nate you will be missed homie! Rest In Paradise! "It aint a hit until Nate Dogg spit! Believe that!

1286 days ago
101.

MJDubb    

To #4
G_FUNK is Why he was so famous. "If you don't know you better ask somebody". And "Colored" who still uses that word sound more like Tea party Great Great Grandmom, would have been a better name for you.

1286 days ago
102.

chris    

RIP....

1286 days ago
103.

Jen    

if u dont know nate dogg get the **** outta here. and blacks aint the only ones killing you ignornant *******. get a clue

1286 days ago
104.

Ricardocci    

This is exactly what is wrong with America today. This is supposed to be a forum for the memory of this valuable young man, but yet we find a way to turn every such space into a atmosphere of hate and bigotry. Some of y'all should be ashamed of yourselves

1286 days ago
105.

Rip Nate Dogg    

Nate Dogg had a voice better frank sinatra and Dean Martin combined no disrespect I love the song Ho's in different Area Codes "I've got hoes I've got hoes in different Area Codes I've got hoes". Next Episode and Til I collapse were other Dogg classics

1286 days ago
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