Chris Lighty, who managed several of hip hop's biggest artists, apparently shot himself to death in his Bronx, New York, apartment Thursday morning, a New York police spokesman said.
Lighty, 44, was found with a gunshot wound to his head and a semi-automatic firearm next to his body at 11:30 a.m., the police spokesman said.
While the death appears to be a suicide, police investigators will wait until the medical examiner's report before closing their investigation, the spokesman said.
Lighty founded Violator Records & Management, which counts Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and Diddy among their artist.
Rapper 50 Cent, in a statement sent to CNN, said he was "deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and business partner."
"Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade," 50 Cent said. "He was a good friend and advisor who helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed."
CNN's Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.
It's sad tat somieone with so much success coud still not beat depression...it can strike anyone.
I guess the founder of 'violator' records & management, violated his own head.
That wrongppg wat u posted show some RESPECT for his family 4real
Wow, lots of famous people killing themselves lately. What up with dat, yo?
lol.....he didn't commit suicide he was murdered
He got Illuminated.
Tragic, I'm sure he will be missed. Rest in peace.
By himself or someone h3lpd?
Respect, what just happend a person life was taken from them. It does'nt matter how it was done its done. RIP
Live.love&embrace life ..u only get ONE
Ofcourse blame suicide when really these people are being murdered
May u RIP chris bk love u ..my prayers to ur FAMILY
Reading some of these post I can;t help but comment on "George" comments.
Hip-hop is a way of life, a feeding of the soul. It is not a fashion. Hip-hop did not make these young kids wear their pants low, have gold grills. Alot of these rappers graduated college, have good educations and are NOT hood kids. They just rap about the hood. Go experience the life inthe hood before you judge the culture of it. Ain;t like we judging you for your red-neck country way of living.. 2012 bro, WAKE UP !!!!
Hmmm...CNN seems to have opened up this article for any wingnut to post their opinions, like me. I can't help but wonder who exactly makes the call on which articles deserve the public's unabridged honest opinions, and what their criteria is for the selection process. But all I have to say about the man's death, is that suicides are always a tragic end to any life and I feel sorry for his family.
This is very sad! To be so successful & still feel no option is viable but death! My condolences to his family, friends & the hiphop community! I do hope theres a thorough investigation!!