UPDATED: According to new reports via the Daily News Chris Lighty shot himself after an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx apartment.
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, 44, died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, according to Vibe.com. News broke today first on Twitter and then confirmed on New York Daily News that the New York native and founder of Violator Entertainment died from an alleged suicide. Lighty has been a part of the music scene since 1988 when he joined Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen at Rush Management.
Lighty who was the manager of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Ja Rule, Diamond D., Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy and many others — was found dead about 11:30 a.m. A gun was recovered next to his body.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty may have been dealing with financial issues, including owing about $5 million to the IRS. He divorced his wife last year.
Lighty’s last activity on Twitter was a retweet of @ImYourWhispers that stated “Life is about perspective. It’s not what you see, but how you see it. What you see is what you get.”
Details are still emerging.
“R.I.P my manager Chris Lighty, I know you’re in a better place,” Soulja Boy tweeted. “This sh-t got me so fu–ed up big bro we just talked on the phone 2 days ago.”
Ice T wrote: ‘Wow! > RT @clighty: Rest in peace to my main man The Grand Incredible Dj Scott La Rock. I am still Criminal Minded. 8/27/87
Eric Benet wrote: ‘You were loved and will be deeply missed, Chris Lighty. We pray for your family.’
Ludacris said: “R.I.P. Chris Lightly who always had the best energy every time I had an encounter with him. He will be missed.”
“R.I.P. Chris Lighty,” posted Fat Joe on his Twitter account. “That man saved my life.”
Fans are also sharing their condolences via Twitter – see below.
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