44-year-old Chris Lighty was found dead in the street outside his New York City apartment Thursday. The hip-hop manager, who helped shape the careers of music bigwigs like Sean "Diddy" Combs,and , reportedly shot himself after a fight with his former wife, Veronica.
According to police reports, Lighty was found lying face-up on the basement patio of his home in the Bronx with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
New York Police spokesman Paul Browne told the press that there was a 9mm handgun near the body, but no suicide note was recovered from the site. There was no sign of forced entry and the authorities declared the shooting to be self-inflicted.
According to Daily Mail, Paul Browne told Page Six in a statement, “At 11.33 hours police responded to a person shot in the rear of 670 W 232nd Street. When we arrived we found a male, 44, with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered nearby. He was declared dead at the scene. It is being investigated as a possible suicide.”
Chris Lighty, founder and chief of Violator Management, was in the midst of a divorce from his wife of seven years, 36-year-old Veronica. Law enforcement authorities revealed that his wife told the police in a statement that Chris had been having financial and personal troubles.
Twitter was abuzz with condolences just hours after news of Chris Lighty’s death surfaced.wrote, “Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy (sic)”
Chris Lighty joinedand Lyor Cohen at Rush Management in 1988 and became one of the leading names in the music industry. Russell Simmons tweeted, “RIP Chris Lighty. Today, we lost a hip-hop hero and one of its greatest architects.”
Now-Warner chief Lyor Cohen said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero.”
He added, “Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished. He is an amazing example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us.”