Nate Dogg Funeral, Benefit Planned For This Weekend
Plans for Nate Dogg's funeral and wake are starting to shape up, according to a source close to the late singer's family.
Nate Dogg died last week of yet-undetermined causes. The "Regulate" star suffered two strokes in recent years and never fully recovered from the setbacks brought on by the second one, his manager, Rod McGrew, told the media.
The crooner is tentatively set to be laid to rest this Saturday with a ceremony preceding the event at the Long Beach Airport, which will be open to fans, according to the family friend. The next day, another tentative event is in the works: a memorial benefit at the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted by DJ Quik.
McGrew did not respond to MTV News' request for comment about the events; a representative for Quik was unable to confirm the information when we contacted him.
Warren G, who teamed with Nate Dogg for his hit "Regulate," spoke to MTV News about his friend's death following a South by Southwest tribute concert.
"I was out on the Sweat Tour with Snoop, and we had got the word from his family on what was going on, and it was just a crushing blow for us," he said. "Just from going to see him and lifting his spirits up when he was in therapy and stuff like that, it's just crazy for that to happen. And I still don't believe it, you know what I'm saying?
"It kind of hurts me when I look at this shirt [the organizers of the SXSW tribute show sold Nate Dogg T-shirts, with proceeds going to the late singer's family], it's like, 'Damn, that's my homeboy on this shirt,' " he continued. "And I'm hurting, and you know, a lot of people are showing tons of support for his family, for his homeboys, and we really and truly appreciate that. It's real love."