Snoop Dogg has paid tribute to his fellow rapper Nate Dogg after the West Coast hip-hop legend died from waht is believed to be a stroke-related illness today aged 41.

 ‘We lost a true
legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since
1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met,” Snoop wrote via twitter.

“I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever…all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!”

Other hip-hop/ entertainment industry heavyweights also expressed their condolences online.

Singer Erykah Badu tweeted:”Nate Dogg… freshness period. rest in beats”

West Coast rapper Xzibit wrote:”We love you Nate Dogg, it’s never going to be the same”

“Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg” comedian
Dave Chappelle tweeted. “You will be missed, G Funk Era forever.

And rapper Murs was effusive in his praise for Nate: “I have always said that Nate Dogg is the Marvin Gaye my lifetime. G
funk classics vol 1 & 2 RIP #NATEDOGG”

Nate Dogg, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, was a Long Beach, California native who made a name for himself in the rap game on Dr. Dre’s classic album The Chronic
followed by a breakthrough performance alongside Warren G on the smash
record “Regulate.”

Nate went on to release numerous solo albums
including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 followed up in late 2001 with Music & Me and the latest self-titled solo album Nate Dogg.

He had about 40 chart singles, worked with modern day superstars Eminem and 50 Cent, and made a scene-stealing appearance on Mark Ronson’s Ooh Wee that  was included in the soundtrack to the Will Smith film Hitch.

The cause of death is not yet known but he had been battling serious
health problems after suffering from a massive stroke in December 2007.

He was left paralysed on one side of his body and was then struck by a second stroke in September 2008.