Sources have confirmed that Violator Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away.
Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news on Twitter.
Jeff Robinson @thejeffrobinson “So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”
UPDATE: The NY Daily News has reported more details on Lighty’s death.
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.
It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.
More industry insiders have sent their condolences.
FAT JOE (@fatjoe) R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!!
DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) wow. no words. RIP Chris Lighty.
9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic) My God…..my god…Chris Lighty…..Rest in Peace brother….#Legend
Karen Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) Devastated to hear about the loss of Chris Lighty. My prayers & thoughts are with his family.
Decon (@Decon) RIP Chris Lighty. Our deepest condolences to his friends, family & team.
SCRAM JONES (@SCRAMJONES) R.I.P. Chris Lighty – thats just crazy – #1 Hip Hop Manager
dream hampton @dreamhampton So sad RT @insideplaya @clighty has passed due to suicide. RIP
isis (@isarias) Just called to confirm it. My heart goes out… They’re going too soon…. RIP @clighty. #prayersup
Rayne Storm (@RayneStormMusic) RIP Chris Lighty. He was a
#SUPREME figure in hip-hop. #Violator
Pill (@Pill4180) Wow!! R.I.P Chris Lighty…. Hip-Hop Legend responsible for many careers in the music industry.
Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) Hard one to grab Yo damn…. My most humble prayers to the family of Chris Lighty!
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