LONG BEACH — The funeral service for Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, best known by the stage name Nate Dogg, will be Saturday at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, the former Spruce Goose Dome adjacent to the Queen Mary.
The Long Beach rap singer died March 15 after a long health battle in the wake of strokes in 2007 and 2008. He was 41.
Access to the 10 a.m. Saturday service will be limited, said his sister Pamela Hale-Burns, a reporter for the Press-Telegram. More information will be coming later today.
Viewing for the singer will be Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at New Hope Baptist Church, 1160 New York St., also in Long Beach. No cameras will be allowed at the viewing, Hale-Burns said. A funeral repast for the public will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Dome.
Hale was born to a family of gospel singers and raised in Long Beach. At Poly High School, he began performing rap music with Warren G. and Snoop Dogg, who were lifelong friends.
Hale provided the singing that undergirded numerous rap songs such as "Regulate," the Grammy-nominated song he recorded with Warren G., "The Chronic" with Dr. Dre and countless collaborations with some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop.
Overall Hale had four Grammy nominations for songs on which he either collaborated or was part of a group.
As a child, Hale performed with his sister and their brother Samuel in a trio formed by their mother, Ruth Holmes. The group sang at churches in Mississippi
At the time he suffered the stroke, Hale had returned to those roots and had formed a choir called Innate Praise.
Hale's family has received condolences from his fans across the country and in other nations such as Italy, Ireland and Czechoslovakia, said his sister, Pamela Hale-Burns.
To manage the volume of communications, Hale-Burns opened her Facebook to the public short-term and was using Twitter.
"We appreciate all the words of encouragement and all the thoughts and prayers they have been sending our way," Hale-Burns said.
"Remember my brother for what he loved - doing his music."
— Staff Writer Greg Mellen contributed to this report.