"The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe
Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according to the New York Daily News. Throughout his career, Lighty handled a lengthy roster of notable artists such as Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, LL Cool J and more.
Moments after hearing the devastating news, celebrities and close friends took to Twitter to share their condolcenses.
|@souljaboy: R.I.P my manager Chris Lighty, I know you're in a better place. this shit got me so fucked up big bro we just talked on the phone 2 days ago|
|@diggy_simmons: Still in shock.. More than just my manager but my family. Love you and gonna miss you Chris. R.I.P|
|@NICKIMINAJ: Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture. #RIPChrisLighty|
|@rihanna: Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy|
|@Ludacris:R.I.P. Chris Lightly who always had the best energy every time I had an encounter with him. He will be missed http://instagr.am/p/O9lRxLwa0g/|
|@djkhaled: R.I.P chris lighty!! Chris is hip hop, a friend & a gr8 person! When I came in the game he acknowledged me ... http://m.tmi.me/wg22p|
|@MrChuckD:R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullsht|
| @TreySongz: Thankful. Life is precious, far too precious for time to be wasted on hatred. Spread love!!! You never know what's to come...
|@TalibKweli: Rest in peace Chris Lighty. Your words and your vision are constant inspiration to me. Forever.|
| @BigBoi: RIP Chris Lighty
|@MonicaBrown: Another tragic loss!! God Bless the Lighty Fam,My heart aches RIP Chris RT @missfree: Music Exec Chris Lighty passes http://bit.ly/RqTQ48|
|@JoeBudden: Damn Chris Lighty ...... Smh. #RIP|
|@QD3: Prayers go out to @chrislighty and his family... so sorry to hear this news. Chris was there from the start at it's birth place - Hip Hop 1L|
|@reallilscrappyRIP @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|
|@UncleRUSH: RIP Chris Lighty. Today, we lost a hip-hop hero and one of its greatest architects... http://bit.ly/SWcK8Y|
|@maryjblige: U never know what can send a person over the edge or make them want 2 keep living. take it easy on people. We are so fragile.|
|@fatjoe: R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!!|
|@iamdiddy: In shock.|