Date: Friday – February 10, 2012
Nate Dogg’s world-famous rap friends turned their backs on the singer when he needed them most … refusing to pitch in one cent towards his medical costs … this according Nate’s former associate, who’s on the hook for the $300k bill.
TMZ broke the story … Nate’s estate AND a record label owner named David Michery … were sued by the medical facility where Nate lived from 2008 to 2010 after suffering a massive stroke. A judge recently ruled in favor of the facility, which means David needs to pay up … or else.
David tells TMZ … he DID vouch for the bill back in 2010 … but only because nobody else would step up to the plate … “none of Nate’s so-called rapper friends.”
David says medical personnel told him it was imperative that Nate receive treatment at the CareMeridian center at the time … because the singer’s life was hanging in the balance.
“I was the only person who would come forward because I didn’t want him to die. Me and Nate have 20 years history together and I did what everyone should have done and tried to save his life … not let him get kicked out in the streets and die.”
David says he intends to pay the costs by releasing several never-before-heard Nate Dogg tracks that he claims he owns.
When asked if he regrets taking responsibility for Nate’s massive medical bill … David says, “Not at all … I would do it again in a minute. I just wish that the people he looked out for all these years and the people who claim to love him so much would help out.”
TMZ spoke with Warren G — who famously recorded “Regulate” with Nate — who tells us, “I rode with Nate ’til the end … I did what I could do for him with other things financially.”
He added, “If I was able to pay for his hospital bill, I would have. I made several calls to numerous people for help. I love Nate … he’s my brother.”
We called several other rappers who were close with Nate — so far no response.