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September 01, 2012  | by: Angel Mills

Chris Lightly

Music industry executive Chris Lightly is reported to have shot himself to death on August 30. Lightly, who had been recently divorced and facing financial struggles with the IRS, was found in his Bronx, New York apartment lying face-up with a pistol next to his body. The Sun reports that Lightly’s suicide occurred after a heated argument with his estranged wife, Veronica.

Lightly was the founder of a record label and management company called, Violator. Through Violator, he managed the careers of several artists including Nas, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, P. Diddy, Mobb Deep and LL Cool J. He was also the former manager of 50 Cent.

Lightly founded Violator Records

The Sun reported the following statement from 50 Cent regarding Lightly’s suicide.  “Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade.” Other celebrities took to Twitter to share their condolences. Ludracris tweeted, “R.I.P. Chris Lightly who always had the best energy every time I had an encounter with him. He will be missed.”

Lightly got his start in the music industry working for Russell Simmon’s Rush Management. There he gained professional guidance from Simmons and Lyor Cohen. He later became the brains behind 50 Cent’s Vitamin Water deal, which earned the rapper $100 million.

Lightly was 44 when he died.


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