Friends, Family and Fans Mourn Nate Dogg
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The church was where Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel Hale) got his musical start by singing in the choir.
After he died unexpectedly last week at 41 from stroke complications, there was an outpouring of love for one of the West Coast rap scene's originals. Tomorrow there will be a funeral and life celebration at the Queen Mary Dome. (Details here.)
Hundreds attended the viewing today, including Mac Freedom (left), who was selling these memoriam T-shirts for $10: "Of course I'm a fan! We were making these shirts all week. From Long Beach to Compton to LA, we put Nate Dogg on display."
Aldana said she went inside the church to see Nate Dogg two times: "It was heartbreaking to see him there. It doesn't look like him at all."
Everyone in Nate Dogg's family was in attendance; his mother welcomed attendees by his casket.
One of Nate Dogg's former partners, Rhoda Mouton, said that his death wasn't wholly unexpected. The mother of Nate Dogg's 15-year-old son Nigel said, "I saw him while he was sick. He was suffering for a long time."
The mother of Nate's son, 18-year-old Nate Jr., said she was pleased by today's showing. "He was loved everywhere--from church folk to rappers."
Nate Dogg's family could not confirm conflicting reports on tomorrow's funeral and life celebration, and whether the public will be able to attend tomorrow's event beyond the ticketed number of people.