The Daily News reports Chris Lighty has passed away after what seems to be a suicide.
Lighty (…) put a gun to his head and fired after a spat with his former wife, Veronica, inside the South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.
Chris Lighty’s Violator Management was a force to be reckoned with for many years in the rap game and he was also a key figure in shaping Def Jam/Rush under the tutelage of Lyor Cohen. Praised by his peers and clients (among them 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, ATCQ, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock and many, many others) as a man who had an uncanny knack for standing with one foot in the streets and one foot in the buisiness world, Lighty was one of those people behind the scenes without whom hip-hop would not be the same.
Our condolences to his friends and family. R.I.P. Chris Lighty.