Shock has turned to sadness, as news of Chris Lighty’s death has spread through the hip hop community like wildfire. At the age of 44, Chris Lighty had done more than most do in an entire lifetime. Chris Lighty was a self-made businessman who grew up in The Bronx and would dominate in Manhattan before his untimely death.
Establishing himself as one of the top managers in hip hop, Chris Lighty guided the careers of such legends as LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Missy Elliott. Chris Lighty also managed Ja Rule during the peak years of his career. Others managed by Lighty included Diggy Simmons, Diddy, and 50 Cent, who he helped transform into a mogul.
Chris Lighty was often credited for his strong business acumen, as he opened doors for many people. Fat Joe said, via Twitter, Chris Lighty literally saved his life. Credited for saving quite a few lives, many media outlets have reported Chris Lighty ended up taking his own life after an argument with his wife. Later reports from New York City’s Fox 5 and Hot 97 reporter, Lisa Evers, now refute this. Lisa Evers has reported the investigation is ongoing and the NYPD is not yet calling it a suicide.
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