The sudden passing of music industry veteran Chris Lighty today (Aug. 30) has the music world in shock. The music manager was reportedly found dead from an alleged suicide at age 44 after cops found him lying face up with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body. According to reports, Lighty got into an argument with his wife prior to taking his own life.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty – whose wife filed for divorce last year – may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS, reports the Daily News.
Lighty is known for shaping the careers of 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Fantasia, Mya, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and many more through his founded company, Violater Management.
Following the report of his death, several artists took to Twitter to pay their respects including, Rihanna, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Marsha Ambrosius and more.
Check out some of the condolences below…Rest in Peace Mr. Lighty
Rihanna…Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy
Brandy…R.I.P. Chris Lighty! This is such a shock:( My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Ciara…So Sad, and Truly Unbelievable:(..May Chris Lighty Rest In Peace…
John Legend…RIP Chris Lighty. Hip-hop visionary.
Keyshia Cole…Sad at the amount of influential people we’re losing to suicide!!!!! Damn man!!! Come on!!!
Ameriie…God bless Chris Lighty and his family…rest in peace.
Tyrese… Can’t believe I’m writing this…. Rest in heaven Chris I will pray for your family damn damn I’m sad .. This can’t be real.. My God.!!!!!
Marsha Ambrosius…RIP Chris Lighty. Prayers to family and loved ones.
Kelly Price…Chris Lighty was a power player in this business. PLEASE lets see that we ALL need love, support and encouragement. WE HAVE2HOLDEACHOTHERUP
Monica…Another tragic loss!! God Bless the Lighty Fam,My heart aches. RIP Chris
Eric Roberson… Rest In Peace to Chris Lighty one of the last great men in the music business. You will be missed. #WayToYoung
Leah LaBelle…RIP Chris Lighty… it saddens my heart so intensely that this industry drive us to pain. we seriously need to do better. we can.