Chris Lighty Dead From Suicide

Sad day in music. According to NY Daily News, legendary executive Chris Lighty committed suicide outside his Bronx at home this morning following an argument with his estranged wife, Veronica. He was 44.

Lighty first got his break working with Kool DJ Red Alert and RUSH management. He founded Violator Management in 1989 and helped mold the careers of Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and many others.

He furthered his brand in 1999 with the release of

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  • Mike

    Who’s that?

  • Soonami

    Sad. This industry is fucked up!

  • http://WWW.EIGHTY8CLOTHING.COM Eighty8 Clothing

    Mental health issues need to be taken more serious. RIP

  • HJOOD

    another mogul gone, what’s going on in the industry? R.I.P.

  • Foamposite KING

    Weak mofo…I woulda did cop suicide

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    “may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS” Damn rip

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    Cosign Eighty8 Clothing

  • Siy@

    SMH U GUYS (RAP RADAR) ARE SO SLOW THIS NEWS CAME OUT ACOUPL HOURS AGO … YOL NEED 2GET MMGs DICKS OUT YOLS MOUTHS AND PRACTICE GOOD/PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISM … WAKE THE FUCK UP.

    R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY … YOU HELPED SOME OF HIP HOPS BIGGEST ACTS 2 BECOME WHO/WHERE THEY ARE.

  • http://www.pmpworldwide.com/stayonthagrind @stayonthagrind

    So sad.. i look up to him & Shake.Both gone too soon.j

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    Flying a Plane into the IRS building >>>> offing yourself , no offence

  • FEVA

    THIS NIGGA IS RICH AND HE HAS BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND HE’S TAKING HIS OWN LIFE?? MY BROKE ASS CHILLIN THO I MAKE $8OO A MONTH

  • epinz

    its no coincidence that all these executives and higher ups is offin themselves…its deeper then taxes. yea he owed 5 milli, but he got paper. he was still 50 cent manager and some credit him with alot of the business moves 50 made..rip

  • sangano

    messed up but was prob gonna be exposed as a homosexual

  • Trillionaire

    WOW…RIP

  • Black Shady

    WTF………………………whoaaaaa. nigga was rich out the ass. I guess money doesnt buy happiness…
    RIP

  • rrahha

    RIP Chris Lighty…A true hip hop legend.

  • Devante

    Damn that’s crazy, something is up with these Big music execs commuting sucide..

  • dnt care

    o well

  • King Chandler

    Suicide from OD or a gun? R.I.P. either way

  • Angelo

    This is really sad & big blow the Hip Hop community. Chris Lighty should’ve been the president of DefJam years ago to revive the label. He was the total package. He was a great business adviser, marketer, manager, he was a great A&R if need be, one helluva mind & a great guy. You young boys need to start doing your homework on the important people of the culture, b/c the popular ones of today are not important to the culture. Ya’ll need to know who Chris Lighty, Schott Free, Matty C, Irv, etc…

  • Keith

    Rest in peace. Your impact on the hip hop industry will not be forgotten. Prayers to the Lighty family.

  • Da Truthhhhh

    No women is worth suicide.

  • TiCaL

    A COWARD DIES A THOUSAND DEATHS, A SOLDIER DIES JUST ONE…

    CHRIS LIGHTY GONNA DIE MANY MORE TIMES AFTER THIS

  • Nickey Negrito

    cosigning all the positive comments for my man Chris…..RIP

  • Brown Shady

    cosigning Nickey’s cosign… RIP

  • matrix

    Damn you really never know what is goin on in on the inside from the outside shit look sweet this shit cray…

  • LIQUORSTOREMAN

    ON SOME REAL SHIT: I REMEMEBR GROWING UP AS AN AVID NATIVE TONGUES FAN. BABY CHRIS WAS ALWAYS MENTIONED…..VIOLATORS ALWAYS FUCKING UP A PARTY. FUCKING SAD ON MANY LEVELS BUT HERE IS ONE…….

    WHAT MAKES A BLACK MAN WHO HAS LIVED AS A BLACK MAN IN AMERICA IN SOME OF THE WILDEST HOODS WITH NO MONEY, WAIT UNTIL THEY HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO KIL THEMSELVES?

    SHAKIR STEWART……CHRIS LIGHTY….. WUSSUP WITH THAT? HMMMMMM? THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS COLD AND DEVELISH. YOU LIL DUMBFUCKS SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THIS SHIT?!

    YALL CANT STOMACH GETTIN 500,000 GRAND IN ONE YEAR, LET ALONE MAKING “BEATS BY DRE” MONEY. YOU ALL WOULDNT MAKE IT THROUGH 2 MILLION. YOU WILL LOSE IT AS QUICK AS YOU GOT IT.

    CHRIS HAS SOME DEMONS FOLLOWING HIM, JUST LIKE SHAKIR.

    HOPE HE GETS FORGIVENES IN THE AFTERLIFE. SUICIDE IS NEVER THE ANSWER.

  • http://bigteespot.spreadshirt.com/ WHERE YO SEA BASS!!!

    BEFORE I LET THAT BITCH KILL ME I RATHER GIVE BACK ALL THE MONEY AND WALK AWAY NOTHING BEAST BREATHING NOTHING.

  • http://mediaanarchist.com Media Anarchist

    Rest in power Chris. He’s been a inspiration to the culture. However things always get better. Your problems are only temporary.

  • TRUTH

    IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THAT IS…KILL YOURSELF…NO POINT INTENDED

  • http://www.1073wkcr.com TRACK KING COLE

    Sad news right here.. Chris Lighty and my uncle were really good friends since they were children. I remember coming home from school one day as a kid, and seeing Chris Lighty and DJ Scott La Rock in my grandmothers living room.

    When i got my internship with Def Jam years ago Chris Lighty use to stop by and give me pointers on how to succeed at this game we call the music industry.

    He was a brilliant mind when it came to jump starting a brand. Remember before the million dollar deals he use to carry records for the legendary DJ Red Alert.

    REST IN POWER TO ONE OF THE BEST MANAGERS EVER!!

  • DonDodda

    R.I.P
    DAMN!!!~ Someone that actually did something for hiphop.
    Gone 2 SoOn

  • Donn

    If someone asks who he is, rather than tell them to kill themselves why dont u educate the person brave enough to ask. Smh, rest in peace, I didn’t kno who the guy was and now I do,

  • sck

    Why does RR always attract all these stupid motherfuckers? Look at these comments. Geez.

    Condolescences to the fam.

  • moreffa

    damn

    i’m at a loss this brother was and always will be an original in the music business

  • http://deleted Tim Lee VA Stand Up

    Something is so sketchy these days about these millionaires committing suicide, im not saying its not possible but Damn, taking your own life?? Why??

  • oakland73rd

    dam that’s some Cold shit condolences to the family R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY & SHAKIR STEWART

  • MacDiesel illegitimate son

    Real be real if you have anything negative to say about Chris Lighty you are a fucking bitch ass nigga. Lets be clear, he may have committed suicide but that doesn’t give you the right to shit on someone after they died. Especially someone of the legendary caliber of Chris Lighty. This dude is a legend point blank period. MARIAH CAREY? Lighty. BUSTA RHYMES? Lighty. 50 CENT? Lighty. Your talking about the curator of over 100 million albums sold.

    Only bitch ass niggas talk shit about someone after the day. RIP TO A LEGEND!!!!!

    PS – GOD DONT LIKE UGLY, HE HEARS ALL & SEES ALL

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    R.I.P. Chris Lighty.

  • MacDiesel illegitimate son

    “Y’all just piss on me, shit on me, spit on my grave
    Talk about me, laugh behind my back but in my face
    Y’all some well wishers, friendly actin’, envy hidin’ snakes
    With your hands out for my money, man, how much can I take”

    SMH SNAKES IN THE GRASS

  • the One

    I guarantee you this man did not off himself because of his ex wife…. She may have pushed him to pulling the trigger but there were other demons on this man’s ass. He was a good person and someone who I looked up too in the business… You will be missed Chris, may your death not be in vain, I hope this is a wake up call for the youth to realize everything that glitters is not gold.
    This industry is killing us, not to mention the music that they are promoting ! It’s time for a change stand up people for a more positive industry as well as more positive music to up lift our spirits not this negative shit like Chief Keif to promote hating ourselves and having no respect for our brothers.

    STAND UP !!! TAKE A STAND!!! STOP BUYING THAT SHIT THAT IS NOT TRUE HIP HOP !!!
    I DIGRESS…

  • JustMyOpinion

    Wow……a definite blow to the Hip Hop community. Executive like him is what was missing from less than decent “rappers” that’s out today. Sad day man-sad day.
    —-
    On another note, I’m starting to see a lot of the visitors to this site: can’t spell or carry-on an intelligent sentence.

  • Def Not Suicide

    His attitude and decision to make statements like those mentioned at the 4:30 sec mark in this video is the reason he was killed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO7tk7speKw

  • FTW

    What the fuck is really going on . . .

  • Post no billz

    Rip to the legend.. this man contributed alot to this culture.. i remember hearing his name on records since back n the day.. one of the greatest hip hop managers of all time

  • thebraintrust

    Some of these comments are despicable. Calling him a coward?

    Wtf do you guys know about having suicidal thoughts?

    Don’t get me wrong, in the messy capitalist society we live in (where there is large income inequality), money is of course, a necessity. But money alone will never bring comfort, happiness
    or peace of mind.

    We should all know that by now.
    R.I.P Chris

  • http://jdareal.com sway-z

    Why niggas keep talking about how much money he had? That shit affords you the opportunity to do what you want to do with your time instead of working for someone else, but that’s it. It don’t erase every problem, matter of fact it creates new ones depending on the people around you. Ain’t no telling what was going through that man’s mind. RIP to a true legend in the industry…

  • c.i

    R.I.P, you may not have his heard his name much but he did a lot for hip hop and that means a whole lot. Love to his family

  • Nesio

    RIP
    Just a note to you fellas…don’t let a Bitch get the best of you!

  • k.dot

    Ayee these negatives comments about him killin himself need to stop this ain’t no joke.

  • Itz Yourz

    Smh, wtf!? Just found out it was a suicide. I’m lost of words…except one… why?

    Don’t know his bank or what he had in his pockets but I do know life insurance is void if you kill yourself. Why fuck over your fam like that? I dunno. And not going to judge him either. R.I.P. Chris. My prayer goes out to the fam, friends and fans.

  • drew

    that violators album was my shit RIP Baby Chris

  • HK

    R.I.P. this cat was a legend and inspiration. He will be missed.

  • doughboy

    someone should of told him there’s lighty at the end of the tunnel

  • http://twitter.com/n14ever Niyemortal

    This honestly fucked me up inside. I used to follow his power moves from the Violater days. He always intelligent interviews and I got a renewed interest in him from his Al Lingstrom interviews. That’s fucked up for real. Condolences to the family.

  • abovetheclouds

    wow… this is fucking crazy. Im in disbelief. RIP

  • AJ

    Ignorant fools. This guy ment alot more than you know. Rest in Power

  • Chief Keef

    *bang bang*

  • BlackDivine

    it should of been his midget brother Mike Lighty,damn

  • Devastation Inc.

    I was just watching him on the ATCQ documentary. He was saying how he had
    to take The Low End theory from Q-tip
    to get it pressed up. For that alone I thank him.
    RIP Baby Chris.

  • ironic

    RIP Chris and condolences to his fam. Not sure if it’s only me, but RAP RADAR, you’re on some wack shit making the heading so cold. You’re a hip hop site, show some compassion. Really, ‘dead from suicide’??? You couldn’t have been more subtle and respectful? smh

  • Dat Dude

    Young cats don’t know how far back with hip hop Mr. Lighty goes. I recently saw a picture with Chris, Queen Latifah, Special Ed, and D-Nice from 1989. Depression’s a motherfucker.

  • niggasiswack

    rip chris
    u will be missed unlike alot of these people with neg comments

  • Ivy blue Hov

    Lame niggas do lame shit!

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    Enought to drive a man insane a woman insane/ The reason Lauryn Hill don’t sing, the reason Kurt Cobain loaded that clip and said bang! THE DRAMA IT BRINGS

  • OG

    ”Death gotta be easy, this life is hard”

  • Gatorade Lover

    So with all that Vitamin Water $$$ you telling me 50 couldn’t cut a check?

  • chilleymost

    I GUESS SOME MOTHERFUCKERS AINT DESIGNED TO LAST, WORD UP,,,,,,,NO REST FOR THE STRESSED,,,,,,R.I.P.,,,,,,

  • MMG

    Interesting that Rozay had nothing to say about Chris Lighty

  • Derpston

    Wiggers need to seriously, fuck off.

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  • Exile

    Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Too bad Lighty didn’t think life was the better choice Real shame

  • http://thisis50.com eastcoast

    dude none of these niggas is dead, michael jackson, jefferson nigga who jus died, lighty, dj am, etc. they know whats coming and faked their death to avoid NWO. watch it be true.

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