- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2011

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (AP) - About 1,000 fans joined family and friends of hip-hop singer Nate Dogg for his funeral in Southern California.

Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game were among the music industry luminaries who turned out Saturday for services at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach.

The family of Nate Dogg _ whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale _ decided that ceremony would not be open to the public as they had wanted, but they made 1,000 tickets and shuttles available to fans.

Nate Dogg died on March 15 of complications from multiple strokes, attorney Mark Geragos said. He was 41.

Hale, who started out singing in church choirs, formed a group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G while the trio was in high school in Long Beach.

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