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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg dies at age 41

Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg dies at age 41

LOS ANGELES — Singer Nate Dogg, whose near monotone crooning anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop, has died at age 41.

Attorney Mark Geragos said Nate Dogg, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes.

Nate Dogg wasn’t a rapper, but he was an integral figure in the genre: His deep voice wasn’t particularly melodic, but its tone — at times menacing, at times playful, yet always charming — provided just the right touch on hits including Warren G’s “Regulate,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and countless others.

Jermaine Jackson’s memoir due out in the fall

NEW YORK — A long-rumored memoir by Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine is finally coming out.

Touchstone announced Wednesday that Jermaine Jackson’s “You are Not Alone: Michael: Through a Brother’s Eye” will be released this fall. Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, promises a “faithful and loving portrait,” but one with “no subject off limits.”

Jackson spoke in 2003 of wanting to write a memoir and reports surfaced again after Michael’s death, in 2009.

Keillor says retirement looms in 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — Garrison Keillor is dropping more hints that retirement may be on the horizon.

The host of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” told the AARP Bulletin he plans to retire in 2013. But the 68-year-old said he has to find his replacement first. Keillor said he’s pushing forward but also is in denial about retirement.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Keillor said he’ll be 70 in the spring of 2013 “and that seems like a nice round number.”

Keillor suffered a minor stroke in 2009 but was back on air three weeks later.

— From wire reports