Music mogul Chris Lighty is dead at the age of 44 in what police are ruling as a suicide, and the news has left most of the industry in shambles. Lighty, founder of Violator Entertainment, was a manager to countless stars and rappers like Saigon and Fat Joe who were particularly upset by the news. "If this Chris Lighty sh-- is true, that just f---ed up my whole YEAR. He was my manager for 2 years..." Saigon wrote, later adding, "I had many managers over the course of my career, But Chris Lighty share the most knowledge with me... R.I.P Baby Chris.. Hip Hop is crying."
Many other industry notables shared their condolences on Twitter:
@RevRunWisdomR I P to the kindest guy Chris Lighty. Thank you for being a manager to Diggy & a part of our family.. You are loved & will be missed @djkhaled R.I.P chris lighty!! Chris is hip hop, a friend & a gr8 person! When I came in the game he acknowledged me from the beginning & aspired 4 me 2 B gr8! Chris always wanted 2 help everyone! & did! Much luv 2 the family & my prayers R w/ them! @BigSean RIP Chris Lighty. my condolences to the family and loved ones. @YoGottiKOM R.I.P 2 My Manager CHRIS LIGHTY
TalibKweli Rest in peace Chris Lighty. Your words and your vision are constant inspiration to me. Forever.
@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 @fatjoeR.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!! I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty @pharoahemonch Chris Lighty rest in peace. @ArthurPitt R.I.P. Chris Lighty. A true blueprint of success in his lifetime.
The sorrow wasn't contained to hip-hop. Justin Bieber's manager and many others outside of the community said their goodbyes as well.
@scooterbraun hard to believe it is true but RIP to my friend Chris Lighty. gone too soon.