Reports say Chris Lighty ended up shooting himself in the head after a heated argument with estranged wife in the Bronx.
If your not familiar with Chris Lighty, he was behind the initial success of many Hip Hop artists including 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey.
He was the one that advised 50 Cent on getting involved with Glaceau Energy Brands (Parent company for Vitamin Water), he brokered the multi-million dollar deal for 50 Cent. A deal that then lead to 50 Cent cashing in on his 10% stake in the company when it was acquired by Coca-Cola for 4.1 billion which netted 50 Cent between $60 million and $100 million.
That’s just one of the many contributions Chris Lighty has made to the world of Hip Hop.
It’s unexpected that guy of his character and stature would be driven to kill himself. Hip Hop has lost another major figure.
Full details on his death can be found at NY Daily News.
Tweets from a few people that knew him.
RIP Chris Lighty. Today, we lost a hip-hop hero and one of its greatest architects… bit.ly/SWcK8Y
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) August 30, 2012
Russell Simmons blogs his grief.
R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullsht
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 30, 2012
Condolences and prayers go out to the Lighty family.
R.I.P Chris Lighty.