LONG BEACH (AP) — Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes.

The family of Nate Dogg — whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale — decided that the ceremony at the Queen Mary Dome would not be open to the public as they previously wanted, but they made 1,000 tickets and shuttles available to fans.

The dome in Hale’s hometown of Long Beach is adjacent to the historic ship the Queen Mary and was the former home of Howard Hughes’ airplane folly, the Spruce Goose.

Organizers had sought a more central location for the funeral, but none proved large enough for the numbers of expected mourners. A private dinner was planned after the service.

Hale started out singing in church choirs, then formed a group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G while the trio was in high school in Long Beach.

His almost monotone vocal stylings anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West Coast hip-hop on tracks usually produced by Dr. Dre and performed by rappers like Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and Warren G. He remained sought after as a singer more than a decade after his original success, supplying vocals to more recent tracks by 50 Cent and Ludacris.

Hale dropped out of high school, was dishonorably discharged from the Marines and dabbled in the drug trade before finding success as Nate Dogg on Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album “The Chronic.”

Late in life, he was plagued by legal and health problems, including at least two strokes in 2008.

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Comments (18)
  1. Wes says:

    I really think CBS should screen comments before they allow comments like that to be posted…I’m just sayin’

  2. Flores says:

    Bob. You’re an Idiot!

  3. Jason S says:

    Actually the bandana is black moron. Also the guy has just passed away, show some class since you think you are so superior and either say something nice or just don’t say anything.

    By speaking like you do in public you are only showing the world that you are basically a mindless racist idiot who is a disgrace to human kind.

    Bottom of the barrel gene pool.

  4. Beretta says:

    Any gun shots or shootings.

  5. Wes says:

    I seems as though the offensive comment has been removed…Thank you

  6. darwingotone says:

    Robbery, robbery, kidnap, assault, arson, terrorist threats, domestic violence, felon in possession, guns again (and drugs), trespassing, telephone harassment, felony criminal threats (x2), stalking (while endangering all people on the 405). Oh and DUI.

    This is someone to look up to…… why, exactly?

    1. Heil says:

      Agreed , rappers are
      Criminals glorifying crimes, robbery
      Rape, shooting

      1. mrsq says:

        just because u dont have a criminal background does not make u perfect or better then them……no telling what u do behide close doors. and maybe u should look up some of these conutry singers alot of them got dui and mess up background……u are just a outsider looking in u really dont know nothing about these ppl but there background………how would u like some body to judge u just on your background???? and if u feel that way about rappers then dont leave your comments dont waste your time typing something ugly move around haters!!!!!!!!!

  7. chris d says:

    truly speaking all of u people hating probably wish u could rap and tell intersting stories and do it as well as nate dogg, we will miss him

    1. Saber 1 says:

      A rap sheet of 28 pages and that is the crimes we know of. I bet the area was safe while the funeral was going on, after that back to normal with robbery, robbery, kidnap, assault, arson, terrorist threats, domestic violence, felon in possession, guns again (and drugs), trespassing, telephone harassment, felony criminal threats (x2), stalking and DUI.

      1. Heil says:

        Think lots more mourners couldn’t make it to the service
        Incarcerated ( that means locked up )
        or dead

  8. pammie♪ says:

    WOW…show some respect. i`m amazed by some of the comments that have been made. how so many people out there in this cruel world are SOOOO judgemental. no one has the right to judge anyone. you people do think you are better and above everyone else. guess what your NOT. i may not approve of the things nate dogg did but i love his music and will continue to listen to it. people sometime make wrong choices doesn`t mean they are bad people. unless you have lived in the areas or neighborhoods that they come from who is to say what choices you would`ve made. its sometimes called SURVIVAL, they do what they have to do in order to survive. people like you need to open your eyes and minds, START SEEING PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE AND NOT FOR WHAT THEY`VE DONE!!! if i had to chose between nate dogg and people like you to have my back, without hesitation i`d pick nate dogg, he`s real people. not fake like you people. why don`t you people for once try listening to the lyrics and hear what they are saying. it means something and usually pertains to their own lives, how they had to live. its amazing he made as far as he did. most end up dead, killed or in prison. i tip my hat and give two thumbs up to you nate dog. he got out. most end up dead, in prison. nate dogg was a great musician, he will always be remember as one of the greatest music artists & icons in rap music along with dr. dre, warren g, snoop dogg, tupac and many many more. as for darwingotone, you got one coming, i look up to nate dogg for making it out alive and becoming the great music artist he is. i will continue to love & listen to his music til the day i die!!!!

  9. Keith Banks says:

    He was 268 in dog years.

  10. Todd Gates says:

    Iam a respected Lawyer and Loved Nate Doggs music and all the nuckleheads
    with negative comments need to get off this page R.I.P Nate you will be missed…

    1. Ed Rooney says:

      respected by who besides your mother?

      Can’t imagine you are much of a lawyer if you have to sell yourself like that.

    2. Saber 1 says:

      Todd, your an idiot. Was he a client?? What does Todd and the dead dog have in common?? Both careers are dead. Get it, dead? With Snoop and the rest of the criminals there in one place, police could have solved alot of crimes when this no talent hack was moured over.

  11. Sallmut Zimmerman says:

    I think you have that backwards pammie
    It is by deeds you are known

  12. Ed Rooney says:


    And pammie, respect is EARNED, you don’t get respect just because you make “music” that glorifies gangster life.

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