Hip-hop manager Chris Lighty committed suicide on Thursday morning. The 44-year-old reportedly shot himself in the head. A gun was found next to his body at his apartment in the Bronx.
According to a report from the New York Post, Lighty was likely in financial trouble. He supposedly owned the IRS more than $5 million.
Known as a mogul in the music business, Lighty managed acts like Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mya, Diggy Simmons, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas and 50 Cent throughout his career. He was founder and chief executive of Violator Management/Brand Asset Group.
Hit hard by financial woes starting in 2011, that’s the same time he and wife Veronica divorced after seven years of marriage.
Police discovered Lighty’s body after responding to calls of a gun shot in the building where he resided.
“At 11.33 hours police responded to a person shot in the rear of 670 W 232nd Street. When we arrived we found a male, 44, with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered nearby. He was declared dead at the scene. It is being investigated as a possible suicide,” the police report reads.
Celebrities have already taken to Twitter with messages of condolence. Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun tweeted the following.
“Hard to believe it is true but RIP to my friend Chris Lighty. gone too soon.”
It’s devastating when anyone takes his or her own life. May Chris’s family and friends be surrounded by love and kindness in the coming days so they can deal with this horrible tragedy.
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