Fans Invited to Attend Nate Dogg Funeral

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One thousand dedicated fans will join family and friends to pay their respects at Nate Dogg's funeral Saturday.

The rapper, whose real name was Nathanial D. Hale, died March 15 of stroke complications at 41. He will be laid to rest at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach.
 
The Associated Press reports that Hale's family had previously intended to open the funeral to all members of the public but, following an unexpected outpouring of interest, decided to limit the numbers tickets issued to 1,000. The family will also provide shuttles for attendees.
 
The Queen Mary Dome is the only venue in Long Beach large enough to accommodate the thousands expected to attend the funeral, according to the office of Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews.
 
Nate Dogg's longtime friend Snoop Dogg is expected to attend the funeral and perform at a tribute ceremony scheduled for Saturday evening.
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