By Sandra Birungi
Chris Lighty, 50 Cent manager was found dead in his flat in New York in an apparent suicide.
He was shot and police say there were no signs of forced entry and considering his ongoing divorce and other personal problems, it is suspected Lighty committed suicide.
Paying tribute to Lighty , several artists tweeted their messages.
Rihanna wrote, “Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy.” Nicki Minaj said: “Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture. #RIPChrisLighty.”
Diddy wrote: “In shock,” while Mary J. Blige said: “U never know what can send a person over the edge or make them want 2 keep living. take it easy on people.”
Through his publicist, 50 Cent issued a statement saying, “Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade,” he said. “He was a good friend and adviser who helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed.”
No suicide note was found at Chris Lighty’s home in the Bronx but a 9mm handgun had been recovered. His body was found on Thursday morning (30 August).
Lighty worked with stars like LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and Fat Joe and initially worked for Rush Management, Russell Simmons’ first company before he founded rap record label Def Jam.
He owned a management company, Violator which he started in the late 1990s.