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Snoop Dogg Lost 'Angel' Mother Who Raised Him after Father Left — Her Cause of Death Is Unknown

Oyin Balogun
Oct 27, 2021
01:45 P.M.
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Legendary rap star Snoop Dogg born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. lost his beloved mother, who was his "angel." She had raised him single-handedly due to his dad's absence. Here are details of the bitter-sweet tale enshrined in the memories they made together.


Snoop Dogg recently took to social media to celebrate his mother, who recently passed away, but also to share the close bond they enjoyed over the years.

The rapper, music executive, and seasoned entertainer Snoop Dogg recently lost his mother, Beverly Tate, whom he often confided in, cherished, and adored.

A picture of rapper Snoop Dogg and his late mother, Beverly Tate | Photo: Getty Images, instagram.com/snoopdogg

A picture of rapper Snoop Dogg and his late mother, Beverly Tate | Photo: Getty Images, instagram.com/snoopdogg


Their close-knit relationship had spanned for decades and was impressive, as the famous rapper never turned his back on the one true woman who sacrificed her all to raise her son single-handedly.


October 2021 will be a month to remember for Snoop Dogg following the loss of his number one fan; his beloved mother.

Over the weekend, the rapper shared some heart-melting messages accompanied by a series of photos displaying the mother and son bond. Through the captions, Snoop shared how he felt about Tate passing away.

Snoop Dogg on the final night of Jamie Foxx: Act Like You Got Some Sense Book Tour on October 22, 2021 in California. | Photo: Getty Images

Snoop Dogg on the final night of Jamie Foxx: Act Like You Got Some Sense Book Tour on October 22, 2021 in California. | Photo: Getty Images


In one of the posts, Snoop Dogg grieved his loss by extending a heart of gratitude to God, adding that he appreciated having an angel for a mother. He wrote:

"Thank u god for giving me an angel 🕊 for a mother 💖🙏🏽🌹💝 TWMA."


In a follow-up post, he dug a little deeper into the values he learned from the deceased and admitted that they shaped his life. Tate's son uploaded another update; this time, his "I love you momma" song dedicated to the deceased played in the background music.

A few hours later, Snoop Dogg attended a concert in Boston; during his time onstage, a neon red heart displayed behind him as Ben E. King's music "Stand By Me '' played. The entertainer alerted fans that it was for a tribute to his mother.



Although Beverly Tate was not musically inclined like her famous son, the celebrity mom still impacted and touched many lives before her death at age 70.

She had a formidable Christian faith and worked as an Evangelist. Apart from sharing the word of God, the deceased was also open about her experiences as a celebrity mom.

Tate also authored two books titled "Real Love" and "Real Love II," where she chronicled her journey through life as a single parent and how she handled catering for four sons.


Snoop Dogg's father, Vernell Varnado, was an absentee dad who abandoned his family after his son's birth; the rapper later got named after his stepdad, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr.

Tate later reconciled with her ex, and following the news of her death, Varnado, who proceeded with a divorce with Tate in 1975, shared a post asking fans to pray for their family.


The evangelist loved to spread motivational messages in her Charity Mission Church, while she targeted women who shared similar experiences with her, including abandonment. She also helped women who suffered domestic abuse to regain their confidence and believe in themselves once again.

Tate lived an accomplished life, even though it was cut short at 70; she had brilliant sons who loved her and appreciated her sacrifices. Further information concerning the cause of death remains unknown, and no family member gave clarification.



While the Broadus family has chosen to keep Tate's cause of death a secret, many fans of the famous rapper are aware that the family was never private about the deceased's health struggles.

A few months ago, Snoop Dogg shared an image of his mother in a hospital bed. The hospital patient had been admitted for an undisclosed health issue.

In the photo, she was surrounded by her sons (Tate and Varnado had three sons), who looked concerned. The men had their gaze fixed on their mother.


Snoop Dog explained that his mother opened her eyes to assure them that she was still strong enough to fight for her life. He further thanked fans for their consistent prayers.

The rapper had reached out to his fans earlier in May, seeking their prayer as he explained he was being tested. Many other celebrities were quick to support him with kind words.



Varnado was not a part of Snoop Dogg's growing-up years as he left Tate three months after the rapper was born. However, the deceased struggled through life to care and cater for her family while managing to instill core values in her kids at the same time.

Even as they all advanced in age, established families, witnessed fame and fortune—in the case of Snoop Dogg, an influential entertainer with a wife and three kids, Tate continued to share a close relationship with her sons.

These two were very close; she provided motherly support, advice and was one of her son's most prominent fans through her presence and constant check-up on him by texting.


It does not mean that she never scolds her grown-up son when required. Last year, the rapper disclosed how his mother scolded him following an outburst with Gayle King.

He had reprimanded the media mogul after she passed a remark about the deceased athlete, Kobe Bryant. Tate asked her son to tender an apology, citing that she raised him with values.


Without any hesitation, the celebrity shared an apology message via a video. Snoop accepted his faults, stated he intended to defend a dead man and wrapped it up with an apology.

Snoop Dogg acknowledged his mother and her teachings and views on life. The two were in sync at all times, and now that she has departed from the world, many believe he would continue to uphold her values and honor her memory.

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