Hip-hop is mourning the lost of one of its own today. Veteran music manager Chris Lighty died this morning in what appears to be suicide.
According to New York Daily News, Lighty was found dead outside his apartment in Bronx at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (August 30).
Lighty was a longtime manager of Diddy, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Fantasia, Mya, Mobb Deep, Nas, and LL Cool J.
Police sources say it appears Lighty shot himself in the head outside his South Riverdale apartment after an argument with his wife Veronica. Officers who visit the scene says his body was found laying faceup with a 9mm pistol close to his body.
Law Enforcement officers also revealed that Chris Lighty divorced his wife, Veronica Lighty, last year, and maybe going through some financial problems, including a $5 million debt to the IRS.
He was 44 years old at the time of his death.
Meanwhile members of the hip hop community are reacting on Twitter to Lighty’s death with shock.
Nick Cannon: I’m devastated right now. I can’t believe my big brother Chris Lighty is gone… He was a pioneer, a mentor, and a great friend RIP
Monica: Another tragic loss!! God Bless the Lighty Fam,My heart aches. RIP Chris
Rihanna: Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy
Nicki Minaj: Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture. #RIPChrisLighty
Diggy Simmons: Still in shock.. More than just my manager but my family. Love you and gonna miss you Chris. R.I.P
Diddy: R.I.P. Chris Lighty. He Was A Dear Friend Of Mine And I Still Can’t Believe It.