Chris Lighty Death Ruled a Suicide

CHRIS LIGHTY May 8, 1968 - August 30, 2012 (Age 44) Hip-hop mogul who founded Violator, which represented such acts as LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Nas, 50 Cent and Ja Rule.

The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide.

The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head. A 9 mm handgun was found in the apartment.

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The medical examiner's office said Friday that Lighty died from a self-inflicted wound.

Lighty had been a major player in the industry for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J before starting his own management company, Violator.

Lighty and his wife, Veronica, had been in the process of divorcing and he was also having financial trouble, according to court records.

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