Earlier today, reports pertaining to the death of Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty began to circulate across the web, and tonight- in what marks truly tragic news- these reports have been confirmed.
Now, personalities from across the world of Hip Hop have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their feelings of loss.
Their words below…
R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!!
— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) August 30, 2012
wow.no words.RIP Chris Lighty.
— DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) August 30, 2012
Damn Chris Lighty …… Smh.
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) August 30, 2012
@chrislighty my nicca its love thank u for helping me take my business to next level,it was a blessing God pls bless his soul
— Lil Scrappy (@reallilscrappy) August 30, 2012
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..
— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) August 30, 2012
R.I.P Chris Lighty… You were highly respected and will be missed!
— KerryKrucialBrothers (@Krucial) August 30, 2012
@yoliethejew I love you back. In the light of recent news of the passing of Chris Lighty, people need love not hate! 🙂
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) August 30, 2012
Rest in peace Chris Lighty. Your words and your vision are constant inspiration to me. Forever.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 30, 2012
Chris Lighty: ME AND THIS GUY TORE ATL UP LIKE NO OTHER, I WILL ALL WAYS CHERISH OUR RELATIONSHIP,AND ALL THE MI… bit.ly/Ovn4Am
— Jermaine Dupri (@Mr_Dupri) August 30, 2012
While the details of his passing are yet to be confirmed, Karen Civil reports:
Chris’ passing was from an apparent suicide in his Bronx, NY apartment. It is noted that there was a bullet wound to his head and a gun next to his body.
Law enforcement sources have shared that along with the divorcing from his wife last year, Lighty was also dealing with financial hardships – owing the IRS up to $5MIL. No word if this has been confirmed.
To be updated.