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Man of the People: Public Viewing and Funeral Planned in Long Beach for Rapper Nate Dogg

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Long Beach native and rapper Nate Dogg will be remembered this weekend with a public viewing and funeral in his hometown, thanks to the help of local officials and his longtime friend Snoop Dogg. Nate Dogg, nee Nathaniel Hale, died March 15th at age 41, and had been in poor health in recent years after suffering several strokes.

Today's viewing will take place at 10 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, where Hale sang in the choir, according to CBS2. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Queen Mary Dome, and 1,000 local fans will be permitted to attend, however, those fans must have tickets to the service.

A release issued by Long Beach 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews, explains how the ticketing will work:

There will be 1,000 public tickets available for Long Beach and the surrounding area residents. The 1,000 public ticket holders will be shuttled to the service location on Saturday, March 26th. The shuttle location and schedule will be given to the ticket holders directly. Public ticket holders will not be permitted to drive and park at the Queen Mary. With respect to the family's wishes, if you do not get a ticket, please do not attempt to go to the dome or the cemetery as you will be turned away. In order to reserve your ticket you must call (562) 570-6147 while tickets are still available and before 3:00 pm on Friday March 25 th . You must have a valid California Identification.

The services for Hale were planned by Snoop Dogg's wife, Shante Broadus, with help of Andrews. Broadus said the goal was to find a venue in Long Beach that could accommodate a number of Hale's fans in addition to friends, family, and colleagues. Those who wish to help out Hale's family are being directed to
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Snoop Dogg's website, where they can make donations to the Nate Dogg Memorial Trust, of which "100% of the proceeds will go towards Nate's family and memorial expenses." Hale, Snoop Dogg, and rapper Warren G met as sophomores at Long Beach's Poly High, which is located in the 6th District, where Hale was born and lived.

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