Former Death Row recording artist associate and noted collaborator Nate
Dogg is paralyzed on the left side of his body after suffering a mild
stroke over the holidays, according to his manager. As MTV News
previously reported, Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Hale) is currently in
an occupational rehab facility.
The prognosis for a full recovery, however, is good, Nate's rep, Rod
McGrew, told MTV News on Thursday night; the singer did not suffer any
brain damage nor has his voice been affected, he said.
"Time will tell everything, obviously. The doctor can only guess what
the outcome will be," McGrew said. "But based on situations with
similar people his age, and based on his health, the prognosis is good
McGrew explained the singer has "neural-muscular issues that have to be
jump-started." Those issues extend to his sense of touch and the
ability to walk correctly, McGrew said.
Initially, there were conflicting reports surrounding the status Nate
Dogg's health. There was word he had a heart attack, before it was
correctly noted he suffered from a stroke instead. Also, conflicting
reports arose regarding his release from the hospital and whether or
not the singer was recovering at his home.
The media interest continued earlier this week when TMZ released an
audio clip that was purported to be Nate Dogg's girlfriend phoning 911
after the singer collapsed.
The reaction to clip — bloggers joked about the caller's monotonous
tone during such a crisis — drew McGrew's ire. He said he was dismayed
over the interest in such a thing and said he intends to pursue legal
action, although he did not specify what his plans are.
"I'm not sure what people are tying to glean from that tape," he said.
"The diagnosis is what it is, and the prognosis is what it is: He had a
stroke. The media wants to create something, but I'm not sure what the
point is. If you had an emergency and someone was in your presence they
would call 911.
"I'm not in a situation to see who is doing what, but rather tending to
[Nate] and making sure he gets back on track," he added.
McGrew requested his client be given as much privacy as possible so his
recovery can continue. He has made progress so far, McGrew said, and
noted that the singer welcomes all the support he's received since word
of his stroke surfaced.
"On behalf of Nate, he would like to thank all of the well wishers,
both friends and fans," McGrew said. "He appreciates it deeply, and he
plans on fully recuperating and getting back in the studio."