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Nate Dogg‘s death seemingly came out of nowhere, though the singer had previously suffered strokes in 2007 and 2009. Nate’s friend and manager, Rod McGrew, says that the family believes the strokes led to his early death.

McGrew tells TMZ that Nate Dogg had made significant progress in recovering from the two strokes.

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.”

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