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Music mogul Chris Lighty dies at age 44 [News]

Bronx, NY – The music world was hit hard Thursday as the death of industry veteran Chris Lighty surfaced. Lighty was found dead in his New York home Thursday (August 30) morning with a bullet wound in his head and a gun nearby. It is still unclear what the cause of death was, however, for now it has been deemed a suicide. Lighty was only 44 years of age. More information after the jump.

Chris Lighty founded Violator Entertainment (now Primary Violator) and managed the careers of many well-known artists such as Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and LL Cool J, just to name a few, but the list goes on. Chris’ death has come as a complete shock to the music community and the response has been one of great sadness and also frustration. Many artists took to Twitter with a reaction to the news of Lighty’s passing.

Soulja Boy –  “R.I.P my manager Chris Lighty, I know you’re in a better place. this shit got me so fucked up big bro we just talked on the phone 2 days ago”


Bun B
– “Just woke up to the worst news. Damn homie. Im so confused about this. RIP Chris Lighty.”

Rev Run
– “R I P to the kindest guy Chris Lighty. Thank you for being a manager to Diggy & a part of our family.. You are loved & will be missed”

-” Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy”

Fat Joe
– “I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty”

It is obvious that Chris touched the lives of many and had a huge impact on music. He did more than just handle artists, he helped them grow and develop as human beings as well. Chris revealed a lot about the way he was feeling on his blog and his Twitter account, the last thing he tweeted read: “Life is about perspective. It’s not what you see, but how you see it. What you see is what you get”. With that I will end with R.I.P. Chris Lighty, you will be missed.

Chris was running a blog at and he was on Twitter @clighty.

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