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Crowds expected at memorial for rapper Nate Dogg

March 26, 2011 |  9:41 am

Organizers are expecting large crowds at the memorial for rapper Nate Dogg, who died earlier this month.

Nate Dogg, who grew up in Long Beach and was a well-known figure there, will be memorialized at a funeral and life celebration at the Queen Mary Dome on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Nate Dogg, who was born Nathaniel D. Hale, died March 16 at a Laguna Niguel care facility of complications from multiple strokes.

He first gained attention for two tracks on Dr. Dre's 1992 multi-platinum debut, "The Chronic," and quickly became the go-to crooner for hooks on rap albums by 50 Cent, Eminem, Ludacris and Fabolous. He also frequently collaborated with Tupac, as well as Snoop Dogg and Warren G.

Warren G and Nate Dogg earned a Grammy nomination for the 1995 gangsta-rap track "Regulate," one of three nominations he eventually received.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Nate Dogg's family was trying to restrict access to the memorial out of concerns that huge crowds would attend.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Nate Dogg. Credit: Zap 2 It