Rap royalty say goodbye to Nate Dogg

Rap star Nate Dogg, who died March 15 at the age of 41 due to complications from various strokes (perhaps the thug life is not the healthiest), was laid to rest on Saturday in Long Beach, Calif. Snoop Dogg, The Game and Warren G all paid respects, whereas past collaborators such as Eminem, Ludacris, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre were not in attendance.

“He was a loving, caring individual,” said an emotional Snoop Dogg (no relation), who reportedly got a tattoo of his friend’s face the day before. “I’m so honored, so happy that you gave me the opportunity, God, to know Nate Dogg. I want to stand here and cry, but I have to have the strength for you Nate Dogg. It’s 213, DPG for life.”

Putting his words into action, Snoop Dogg has set up a fund for Nate Dogg’s six children and family. More details are available at www.snoopdogg.com.

Dropping the Lohan

In an effort to distance themselves from their past — and the fact they ever had Michael Lohan as a father/husband — the Lohan ladies are changing their names. “Lindsay is dropping the Lohan and just going by Lindsay,” Dina Lohan tells Popeater. “Me and [younger daughter] Ali will be officially changing our last names back to my maiden name, Sullivan.”

Genius! Why restore your reputation and good name by attempting to work hard and act responsible when you can just go by a different name?

Zellweger packs up

Any chance of Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper reconciling seems to be fading fast, as Zellweger was seen moving her things out of Cooper’s home late last week, according to Hollyscoop. But she clearly wasn’t letting the task get her down. “She seems to be handling the breakup well,” a witness says. “She had a big smile on her face and a skip in her step.” Cooper was reportedly not at home during the chore.

Smart move, Cooper. You don’t want that beautiful mug of yours to be injured by any stray flying lamps.

Michaels sues Tony Awards

Bret Michaels is suing CBS and the Tony Awards over an onstage mishap at the 2009 awards when he was hit in the head with a moving set piece, according to TMZ. Though he was only hospitalized for a broken nose and cut lip after the show, his suit maintains that the incident was responsible for the life-threatening brain hemorrhage he suffered six months later. Michaels should get the cast of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on the phone for a sympathy chat.

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