Celebrities React to the Suicide Death of Music Executive Chris Lighty

Music industry executive and manager Chris Lighty was found dead at 11:30am Thursday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to confirmed reports, Chris was found lying faceup with a 9-mm. pistol by his side.

Things hadn’t been going so well for Chris as the NY Daily News reports he had just had a spat with his estranged wife Veronica and allegedly owed the IRS $5 million, which he paid most of after selling his apartment for $5.6 mill.  Reportedly, he still owed money for back taxes, as well as to his bank

The shocking suicide followed a wild spat between Lighty and his 36-year-old wife, Veronica, who filed for divorce last year. Moving trucks were at the home, as the veteran music manager prepared to move out of the three-story townhouse, sources said.

Law enforcement sources said Lighty’s wife of seven years told police he was facing financial woes that include a $5 million debt to the IRS. However, the Associated Press reported that Lighty paid off most of what he owed by selling a Manhattan apartment for $5.6 million in October.

Lighty still owed more than $330,000 in state and federal taxes, the AP reported. And in April, he was sued by City National Bank for not paying them after he had overdrawn his account by $53,584.

His 17-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were inside the W. 232nd St. home and left when the argument erupted. They were in a park nearby when Lighty, who has three other children, stepped outside and shot himself, sources said.

Here are some reactions from those who knew and loved him:

Diggy Simmons: Still in shock.. More than just my manager but my family. Love you and gonna miss you Chris. R.I.P

Vivica A. Fox OH WOW!! Chris Lighty u will be missed! This is soo shocking! Treasure Life Tweeps!

Diddy “In shock. R.I.P.”

Sway Calloway ‏ RIP Chris Lighty

DJ Khaled ‏R.I.P chris lighty!! Chris is hip hop, a friend & a gr8 person! When I came in the game he acknowledged me from the beginning & aspired 4 me 2 B gr8! Chris always wanted 2 help everyone! & did! Much luv 2 the family & my prayers R w/ them!

Lloydbanks ‏R.I.P Chris Lighty

Free ‏RIP to @clighty prayers up to his entire family, siblings, wife and kids. Music Industry Legend, #goodman

Mack Maine‏ R.I.P. Chris Lighty…..#wow

DJ Whoo Kid‏ RIP Chris Lighty — A very Sad day in Hip Hop and Life itself — my brother is gone.

Monica Brown Another tragic loss!! God Bless the Lighty Fam,My heart aches

Terrence J RIP to Chris Lighty. Dude gave me life changing advice & wisdom. A tragic loss, he will be deeply missed. Prayers to the family.

Chuck D‏ R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullsht

PUSHA T Rest in Peace @clighty this is terrible news!!

Rocsi Diaz R.I.P Chris Lighty

DJ DRAMA‏ Wow. no words. RIP Chris Lighty.


Ludacris‏ R.I.P. Chris Lightly who always had the best energy every time I had an encounter with him. He will be misse

Joe Budden Damn Chris Lighty …… Smh. #RIP

Childish Gambino rest in peace Chris Lighty. thank you for everything

Chuck D ‏R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullish


OMAR EPPS Chris Lighty was a pioneer in hip hop & the music biz period! He was a good man & a good friend. Prayers for his family & his children..

Sway Calloway RIP Chris Lighty http://bit.ly/PT6zh6

Jennifer Williams Very sad news about Chris Lighty… You never know someone’s inner struggles… #RIP

Rah Digga Chris Lighty was everything to me in my Flipmode years. So busy rescuing others sorry we couldn’t rescue you. You will be missed brother…

Russell Simmons: I am deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero. Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished. He is an amazing example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us.

John Legend: RIP Chris Lighty. Hip-hop visionary.

Kelly Price: Chris Lighty was a power player in this business. PLEASE lets see that we ALL need love, support and encouragement. WE HAVE2HOLDEACHOTHERUP

?uestlove: Man, I’m really sorry about Chris Lighty. Such a nice guy to me & my band. May God rest his soul. Peace to his family.

Big Sean: RIP Chris Lighty. my condolences to the family and loved ones.

Keyshia Cole: Sad at the amount of influential people we’re losing to suicide!!!!! Damn man!!! Come on!!!

Jay Electronica: this C.Lighty news really saddens me at the core. Peace on him and his loved ones.

Talib Kweli: Rest in peace Chris Lighty. Your words and your vision are constant inspiration to me. Forever.

Ameriie: God bless Chris Lighty and his family…rest in peace.

Soulja Boy: R.I.P my manager Chris Lighty, I know you’re in a better place. this shit got me so fucked up big bro we just talked on the phone 2 days ago

Nicki Minaj: Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture. #RIPChrisLighty

Rihanna: Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy

Marsha Ambrosius: RIP Chris Lighty. Prayers to family and loved ones.

Big Boi: RIP Chris Lighty

Magic Johnson: So sad to hear the news about hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty passing. My prayers go out to his family.

Ciara: So Sad, and Truly Unbelievable:(..May Chris Lighty Rest In Peace..

Tameka J. Raymond: Rest Peacefully Chris Lighty… This business is not healthy. So much pain. He was a Key player in the music. I hate this news. Smh

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