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R.I.P. Hip-Hop Industry Exec Chris Lighty Has DIED

Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Management, has died. Details inside....

Chris Lighty, the man who's helped guide the careers of Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, and Nas has died. He was 44.

The passing was confirmed by VIBE and Chris' close pal Jeff Robinson ‏who tweeted, "So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer...incredible businessman and person."

Chris, who divorced his wife Veronica last year, was rumored to have financial issues.  Strangely, Chris' last tweet was about the death of a friend as he posted, "Rest in peace to my main man The Grand Incredible Dj Scott La Rock. I am still Criminal Minded. 8/27/87."

Police found Chris around 11:30am Thursday morning with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the backyard of his apartment at West 232nd Street in Riverdale, The Bronx.  The suicide allegedly happened after Chris had a fight with Veronica.

 We will keep you posted as the story develops.

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My heart aches for his son,

My heart aches for his son, family and friends. All I can say is that if you are depressed or are considering suicide, talk to someone, anyone! Go get therapy. There's nothing wrong with it. I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitеPlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people!
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He was such a compassionate

He was such a compassionate soul. RIP Mr Lighty.
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I've heard so many Positive

I've heard so many Positive things about Chris Lighty over the years. Sorry to hear him go out like this. RIP.
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RIP my condolences to his

RIP my condolences to his family. Even tho we don't know the depth of people problems, but being worth 30 million, I'm sorry he couldn't find the solution to it. Truly from my heart I am very sorry to hear this. My sympathy goes to his family and friends.

Very sorry to hear.

Very sorry to hear.

How y'all forget 50 Cent?!

How y'all forget 50 Cent?! He was the brain child behind 50's brand! R.I.P to him,s o sad he took his life. Prayers to his fam and friends.

His death is so very sad. I

His death is so very sad. I didn't know who he was, but it's sad nevertheless. My heart aches for his son, family and friends. All I can say is that if you are depressed or are considering suicide, talk to someone, anyone! Go get therapy. There's nothing wrong with it. There's a stigma about going to a psychiatrist/psychologist, but there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. It's better to do that then to end your own life and leave your loved ones behind to mourn their loss. Horrible, horrible.
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This is an unknown fact but

This is an unknown fact but African American males have a very high incidence of suicide. So very sad.
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who knew Scott La Rock was

who knew Scott La Rock was dead
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Any TRUE hip hop fan...Scott

Any TRUE hip hop fan...Scott La Rock co-founder of BDP....died in the mid 80's....turn on KRS-1 and educate yourself about the roots of hip hop! No disrespect but today's youth have it twisted.
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I have known Chris for years.

I have known Chris for years. This is truly heartbreaking.
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This is too sad. R.I.P.

This is too sad. R.I.P. Chris. Wow....Condolences to his fam & friends.
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i didn't know him personally,

i didn't know him personally, but if you follow music you know who he is. very sad day in music.

You have to be in a dark

You have to be in a dark place to commit suicide. I hope he didn't leave kids behind
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Yes, unfortunately he did!

Yes, unfortunately he did!

Dammitt!!!!!

Dammitt!!!!!
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I never heard of him but may

I never heard of him but may he R.I.P.
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