Paying Our Last Respects to Nate Dogg in Long Beach
We got there just as the church doors opened; there were about 150 people in line. A few were wearing "RIP Nate Dogg" shirts; one man had a hand-painted, silk-screened portrait of Nate Dogg. Although there are no cameras allowed inside the venue, we were able to take a photo of the church entrance; a portrait of Nate Dogg was hanging by the guest books.
Nate Dogg's open casket was set up by the pulpit; on the casket was a bouquet of roses, edged with gold. Nate Dogg looked older and thinner than in recent photos; he was wearing a hat and holding his cane.
We said a prayer and thanked him for sharing his talent with the world, then walked out of the church.
One thousand tickets are reportedly being released for a his funeral and life celebration tomorrow, but organizers at the church say the event is invite-only.