Rappers gather in California to mourn the late Nate Dogg

LONG BEACH, Calif. — West Coast rappers Snoop Dogg, The Game and Warren G were among the mourners over the weekend at the funeral for the late hip-hop star Nate Dogg, held at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach, Calif., the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

Nate Dogg's real name was Nathaniel D. Hale.

He died March 15 at the age of 41 after battling health problems for several years.

He previously had survived strokes in 2007 and 2008, and was wheelchair-bound, paralyzed and speechless at the time of his death.

Nate Dogg had collaborated with Snoop Dogg, The Game and Warren G before his death, as well as Eminem, Dr. Dre, Ludacris and 50 Cent.

Public access to the ceremony was restricted to 1,000 tickets, which were distributed to fans on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the service, family and friends reflected on his passing.

"The world has lost something and someone special. It's just a sad day ... a reminder that we all should embrace each day and cherish life," The Game told the Press-Telegram.

"Nate's music, his words and his message touched people around the world. People may have an image of hip-hop sending out mixed messages, but Nate was about positivity, uplifting people, making them feel joy," said Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews, a family friend.

After the service, Nate Dogg was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Long Beach, Calif.

Snoop Dogg announced over the weekend that he was establishing a memorial fund to support Hale's children and help his family pay his outstanding medical expenses.

Details of the trust will be made available on Snoop Dogg's website and Facebook page.

On Sunday, producer DJ Quik hosted a memorial benefit at the Los Angeles Convention Center in honor of the rapper.

Many of the rapper's fellow stars expressed their condolences after hearing of his passing.

"There is a certain void in hip-hop's heart that can never be filled," tweeted Grammy winner Ludacris, who collaborated with Hale on the 2001 track, "Area Codes."

Eminem said in a statement: "Nate's voice in music will never be replaced. He helped create the blueprint for West Coast hip-hop, and I was one of the lucky people who had the privilege to work with him and the honor to have him as a friend. Nate will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones."

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