Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Entertainment and manager to some of the most influential names in the music industry, has died in his Bronx, NY home at the age of 44.
Sources say that the cause of death was self inflict. Chris reportedly put a gun to his head and fired after an argument with his former wife, Veronica, inside the South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., authorities said. Chris, who divorced his wife this past year also may have been dealing with financial issues – owing about $5 million to the IRS.
Chris, who founded Violator Management (along with "Love & Hip Hop" creator Mona Scott Young), recently merged with Primary Wave to create Primary Violator management company.
He’s worked with Mariah Carey, LL Cool J and scores of other musicians. TV fans may remember his appearances on Diddy’s “Making the Band.”
As news of his death was confirmed, many celebrities and industry friends tweeted their grief and disbelief.
Two years ago, Chris offered advice on how to make it in the music business. Watch.