Chris Lighty, the influential hip-hop executive who managed stars including A Tribe Called Quest and 50 Cent, was found dead on Thursday morning at his home in the Bronx, New York. Details surrounding his death have not been officially confirmed at press time, but police sources told the Daily News that Lighty apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during an argument with his ex-wife Veronica, whom he divorced last year.
Though not a household name, almost all roads in New York hip-hop lead to Lighty, a connector in an industry that relies on connections. He helped make a megastar of 50 Cent, and handled high-profile performers including Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs and more. In the advertising world, he knocked down doors previously unopened to hip-hop artists, striking lucrative deals for LL Cool J with the Gap and Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes with Sprite.
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after he shot himself after an argument with his estranged wife at his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — stepped outside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., after a spat with his wife, Veronica, police sources said.
Suddenly, a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying face up with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body, sources said.