Aug 31, 2012 | G-BLOG | 0 comments

Hip-hop manager CHRIS LIGHTY, who worked with the likes of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey was found dead of an apparent suicide yesterday at his home in New York City. Lighty walked away from an argument with his ex wife after declaring “I’m tired of this,” before shooting himself in the head yesterday morning.
Cops found Lighty, 44, the founder and chief of Violator Management, lying faceup with a 9-mm. pistol at his side, sources say. The shocking suicide followed a wild spat between Lighty and his 36-year-old wife, Veronica, who filed for divorce last year.
After the news broke, tributes began pouring in from some of music’s biggest names: The breadth of artists issuing condolences reflected the scale of Lighty’s influence: from Rihanna and ?uestlove to Ghostface Killah and Rev Run, as well as Donald Glover, Fred Durst, Pete Wentz and Kim Kardashian.
Lighty got his start in the late 80s, working for Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen at Rush Management, rap music’s first major management company. He was a “hip-hop hero and one of its greatest architects”, Simmons said on Thursday. After working with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers, Lighty co-founded his own management firm, Violator, which came to represent Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and 50 Cent.
Lighty is credited with helping to guide hip-hop’s commercial explosion. He set the stage for today’s hip-hop stars, with their perfume lines, sponsorships, sportswear companies and label imprints.

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