Thursday, September 6, 2012

Chris Lighty Suicide due to Stress (not over divorce or debt)

Source: via Mugen on Pinterest

Sadly as a lot of us have heard by now American music industry executive Chris Lighty was found dead at 44 in his Bronx apartment after committing suicide (shot to the head) on August 30th of this year.

For those who aren’t aware of who Chris Lighty is, he is the founder of Violator, a record label, management, and marketing company, which represented hip hop artists such as Nas, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Missy Elliott, L.L. Cool J, and 50 Cent. He served as Sean "Diddy" Combs' manager. The New York Times called him "one of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business.”

 It was thought that he committed suicide due to overwhelming debt and divorce. There had been reports that Lighty owed the IRS millions. His wife, Veronica Lighty says the numbers stated were way off. "We were not in debt $5 million," she said, only adding, "Chris had a lot of weight on his shoulders." She also stated that she did not feel the divorce had anything to do with his suicide either. Veronica says their relationship was was actually on the mend. Unknown to many she retracted the divorce on Father’s day.

Lighty’s business partner Michael ‘Blue’ Williams, agreeing with Veronica suspects stress (not caused by debt or divorce) is probably the reason for Lighty’s untimely death. "Chris' debt is probably less important than the pressure that he was under," Williams told MTV News on Friday. "What people are missing and what people don't see and what Chris is an example of is how much, as black men, we carry around and don't always communicate."

Lighty was laid to rest yesterday in a funeral that was attended by some of the biggest names in rap royalty, but the hip hop world is still highly distraught by the loss of Chris. Today Russell Simmons reflected on Lighty and his contributions to the world of hip hop and RnB.

Let’s not forget the six children Lighty left behind and keep them in our thoughts and prayers because losing a parent is never easy especially under these circumstances. We also need to remember that sometimes more money equals more problems and that Stress can be the deadliest of killers.



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