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Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Nick Cannon & Others Attend Funeral Of Chris Lighty

Rap icon Lauryn Hill was amongst the high profile celebs of the hip hop community who attended the homegoing services for Chris Lighty today.  See pics of Nick Cannon, 50 Cent and others paying their last respects inside...........


Rapper 50 Cent joined celebs like LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, and Mary J. Blige at the Campbell Funeral Chapel in Manhattan today where the body of Chris Lighty (dressed in a black suit) was laid to rest.  50 was Chris' long time client and very close friend.

Diddy attended the services.

Lloyd Banks was on hand to pay respects.

Nick Cannon was also spotted arriving at the memorial.


Warner Music executive Lyor Cohen, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip were among the speakers at the funeral. Also, his brother Dave Lighty tweeted, My greatest hero is laid to rest. Darrell "Baby Chris" Lighty

And Cormega, one of Chris' rap proteges said, He was a leader. A true leader is measured by the success of those he leads and Chris led a multitude of artists, producers, and DJs to success."


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Watch a clip of the pallbearers (including  DJ Red Alert & D-Nice) carrying the casket above......

Also, R&B singer Mashonda wrote a touching letter to Chris Lighty's son J (who is close friends with her son Kasseem).  Here's it is in full:

Dear J,

By the time you are old enough to read this letter you might have asked a thousand questions or maybe even figured a few things out on your own. My intentions here are not to write about what happened to your father, but instead to help you to understand what might possibly be happening to you.

It’s important that you know your dad adored you. I can still see him smiling at you as you ran towards him, leaping into his arms and I remember the way your eyes lit up when he entered the room. Baby boy, be brave. And being brave means letting the tears flow and being able to ask for help. There might be an empty space that will take time to fill. Please never be afraid to talk about it; it is important that you do.

Your father has left you a village of strong men and women - and you must know that they will always be there for you and your brother and sisters. On the days when you feel sad and confused, don’t be afraid to draw a picture or listen to your favorite song. Call a friend or one of your beautiful siblings, you will need each other to grow through this. Never hesitate to communicate what you feel. I guess what I’m trying to say J is; express your feelings in a positive way. Never bottle them up.

Grown ups have a way at hiding their pain and not talking about it, not expressing it in a positive way and ultimately it hurts and destroys us, individually and as a community. I want you to know that this can be avoided. There are things that have happened to me as a child and it took me years to realize that my prayers, the grace of God and talking to the right therapist helped me begin to heal.

You are always in my prayers.

Love Always,

Mashonda and Kasseem



Photos via Turgeon / Steffman / Splash News




I love love LOVE those open

I love love LOVE those open toe boots Lauren Hill's wearing. Nick Cannon sure can hang a suit.
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On another note why did his

On another note why did his wife have bodyguards at the funeral? Check Twitter. A lot of his friends aren't buying that it's suicide. IJS.
PacificGirl's picture

That was very nice of

That was very nice of Mashonda. Fiddy & Nick were looking mighty sharp. RIP Chris
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Mashonda's letter is

Mashonda's letter is beautiful. She's basically letting him know there's another way out, don't keep everything in and feel like you have to check out to get peace. So many of our black soldiers feel that it's taboo to seek help, therapy etc. We as blacks have got to get beyond the stigma of "I'm not crazy, I don't need a therapist". So many lives could be saved if people would seek the help they so desperately need before pulling the trigger.
PacificGirl's picture

Beautiful letter. Chris rest

Beautiful letter. Chris rest in peace brotha.
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On another note is it hot or

On another note is it hot or cold where they are?
ZingaG's picture

Beautiful letter, I don't

Beautiful letter, I don't know how it got public but hopefully it will help others who are going through similar situations.
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Nick Cannon looks great. He

Nick Cannon looks great. He managed to shed the goofy for a day.
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That was such a beautiful

That was such a beautiful letter Mashonda! Condolences to the family.
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Lauryn Hill has not lost her

Lauryn Hill has not lost her swag. I love the way she pieced her look together, and the accessories. Love it all, she better werk!
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Lauryn will FOREVER be an

Lauryn will FOREVER be an ICON! Hopefully since she left that Marley guy alone she can get her head together and make some music. This woman influenced and changed a generation of black people singlehandedly!
BEEMA's picture

Blessings to his family

Blessings to his family friends and children for his passing. I pray for healing and forgiveness for all that knew him. So sad to hear about this and others that feel that things cannot get better in life. People we must wake up and realize that we are here for a reason and are blessed.
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This is very sad news for

This is very sad news for anyone that is a parent and has children. Although he felt that he had to move on in his next life the kids are always who suffers. I pray for his family and his children. I really hope that the family can heal from this tragedy because it is very hurtful. His children should be grateful for Mashonda and anyone that is positive in there life It is true when it said that you never know what a person goes through. If your young or old it is easy for someone to say oh just get over someone passing but it is not easy and takes a lifetime to try to heal.
truthbetold42's picture

This is truly heartbreaking.

This is truly heartbreaking. We never know what one another is going through and it is imperative that we treat each other with kindess, patience and understanding. My prayers go out to his family, especially his children.
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Nice letter but how in the

Nice letter but how in the world did the media get a hold of it?... These things need to be made more private and confidential as this is a time of grieving. My prayers go out to his loved ones that they might find solace. OAN I wonder if Yayo was looking at Fiddy like that..have they hashed out their beef yet?

Mashonda's letter was very

Mashonda's letter was very touching. No disrespect to the dead but I think it's very cowardly for anyone to commit suicide (if that's what really happened), leaving behind children and loved ones who will be devastated. I don't know what struggles went on in his life so I will not judge, I just don't think it's right.
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Love...Love...Love...Love...Love MaShonda's letter...Umph. I co-sign alllllll of what she said. This event is soooooooo sad, but it's great to see these industry Brothers and Sisters come together and support his remains onto its final resting place...and show support and love. Lauren's boots are the biz ness! I love you, Lauren...and Chris!
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RIP.....nice letter Mashonda.

RIP.....nice letter Mashonda.
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Is Nick Cannon's tie in his

Is Nick Cannon's tie in his zipper?

Wow, Chris definitely touched

Wow, Chris definitely touched a lot of people lives, he will be missed, R.I.P. Where are his children?? Does 50 still wear a bulletproof vest under his clothes or is his jacket too small??
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looks like Lauryn Hill was

looks like Lauryn Hill was eyeballing her forever box too
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BEEMA's picture

i have pics of you

i have pics of you sucking-off a BillyGoat
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