Nate Dogg's Death (March 15, 2011)

When Nate Dogg passed away of congestive heart failure this past March, hip-hop lost one of its most legendary singers. Not only did he play a huge part in the establishing the G-Funk sound that put west coast hip-hop on top during the early 1990s, but Nate Dogg was also one of the best hook writers in rap history.

Born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, the 41-year-old singer who started the group 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G had battled health issues for years. Nate Dogg survived two strokes in 2007 and 2008 before succumbing to complications. Rest in peace.