Snoop Dogg, Warren G say goodbye to rapper Nate Dogg at funeral attended by 1,000 in Long Beach
The Long Beach native died March 15 from complications of multiple strokes he'd suffered since 2008. He was 41.
Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, eulogized his friend: "1986, Poly High School, that's where we connected for the first time," he said, according to MTV News. "We didn't know each other, but the music connected us. We built a brotherhood, a friendship."
"At Nate's funeral. Life makes no sense at all sometimes," The Game tweeted on Saturday, adding later, "All luv 2 @snoopdogg whose words uplifted the entire building. Right when I thought tears would fall, it turned into a joyous celebration."
A tentative evening celebration of the rapper's life was scratched and instead combined with the 10 a.m. funeral service at the Queen Mary Dome, the Long Beach Press Telegram reported, with attendance restricted to those given one of 1,000 tickets distributed Friday through the office of City Councilman Dee Andrews. Those without tickets were asked not to come to the dome or the cemetery.
"American Idol" contestant Jacob Lusk, reportedly a member of a hand-picked choir that sang Saturday, tweeted, "We Love you Nate....A great friend and mentor is being laid to rest today...We love you very much Nate....Praying."
Others in attendance, MTV News said: Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Mack-10 and WC, DJ Pooh, Battlecat, Xzibit, Daz and Kurupt, Butch Cassidy and L.A. radio personality Big Boy, who linked to a picture of Snoop's latest tattoo, rendered in memory of Nate.
The burial was private.
Photo: Snoop Dogg arrives with his wife, Shante Broadus, at the memorial service for Nate Dogg, real name Nathaniel D. Hale, at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach on Saturday. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press