Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News. Lighty, 44 â€“ a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey â€“ was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said. It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body. Law enforcement sources said Lighty â€“ who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year â€“ may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.
With great sadness, weâ€™re able to report that Chris Lighty, who founded and ran Violator Entertainment, has passed away. His mark on the world of hip-hop and music in general is legendary, as he helped launch the careers of some of the genreâ€™s biggest names.