Nate Dogg's funeral attended by Snoop Dogg and The Game
Nate Dogg's funeral was attended by nearly 2,000 mourners on Saturday, including rappers Snoop Dogg, The Game and Warren G., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The memorial service took place in Long Beach, Calif. and was also attended by an estimated 1,100 family members and friends. To avoid over-crowding, there were also 1,000 tickets released to fans. There was a public viewing for the singer on Friday at the New Hope Baptist Curch in Long Beach.
Snoop Dogg is said to be performing a tribute ceremony on Saturday evening. The rapper also announced this week that he has established a memorial trust fund for Nate Dogg's children.
Nate Dogg died at the age of 41 of complications from multiple strokes on Wednesday, March 16, according to his lawyer.
The hip hop star, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, was known for his collaborations with rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
Nate Dogg suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008. Attorney Mark Geragos said he died on Tuesday of complications from them, according to the Associated Press.
"We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb," Snoop Dogg said on his Twitter page. "One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met. I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan."
Warren G said on his Twitter page on Sunday that Nate Dogg was in therapy following his two strokes, but did not elaborate.
Following his most recent stroke, Nate Dogg reportedly lost the ability to speak. "When I go see him, he knows who I am," Warren G told HipHollywood in a video interview in November 2010. "I talk to him, play music to him. He had two strokes and that's real dangerous."
Nate Dogg rose to fame in the 1990s. He began singing in the New Hope Baptist Church choir in Long Beach, California, but his hip hop career started when he joined Snoop Dogg and Warren G in the trio 213. His voice was featured Warren G's hit "Regulate" and he also collaborated with many other rappers, including Dr. Dre, Ludacris and Eminem. Nate Dogg later released several solo albums, including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2.
"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together," Tweeted Ludacris, who worked with Nate Dogg on the song "Area Codes."