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Chris Lighty Found Dead In Apartment

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Chris Lighty has been a longtime hip hop executive and it brings us great sadness to say that has was found dead yesterday at his apartment in Bronx, New York at 11:30 am EST.

Speculations had arisen thinking that perhaps there had been some foul play, but authorities have confirmed  that Chris Lighty took his own life after going through a very difficult year.

News broke yesterday (August 30) on Twitter then it spread like wildfire! New York native and founder of Violator Entertainment died from a suicide.

Lighty was a key player in getting well known artist a boost in their careers. Such artist like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, N.O.R.E., Diamond D, and many others are more than greatful for the contribution that Chris offered them.

A part of the Native Tongues at the turn of the decade, Lighty and his brother as The Violators, helped the movement alongside A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.

The Violator name carried on in the late 1990s and 2000s, when Lighty launched his own firm. The management company handled clients ranging from Diamond D and Foxy Brown to Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip. In recent years, Lighty was working on Brand Asset Group with Lyor Cohen, his longtime associate and friend, and Warner Music Group. Last September, Violator merged with Primary Wave to form powerhouse management company Primary Violator.

However, it seems that things were not all good as Lighty, was newly divorced and owed the IRS several million dollars.

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