News: 50 Cent Reacts To Chris Lighty's Tragic Death

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 12:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit leader 50 Cent is the latest hip-hop artist to react to the tragic news of Violator Management founder Chris Lighty reportedly committing suicide yesterday (August 30) morning.

Fif released a statement through his publicist and gave nothing but best wishes to the Lighty family.

"Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade," said 50 Cent in a statement through his publicist. "He was a good friend and advisor who helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed." (Billboard Biz)

The unexpected death has taken a hard hit on numerous rap stars close to Lighty including Soulja Boy Tell Em.

"R.I.P. my manager Chris Lighty, I know you're in a better place. this sh*t got me so f*cked up big bro we just talked on the phone 2 days ago," he tweeted August 30th. (Soulja Boy Tell Em's Twitter)

Reports claim an argument with his wife may have contributed to the death.

According to the New York Daily News, sources say Lighty killed himself after an argument with his wife, Veronica, who filed for divorce last year. "I'm tired of this," Lighty is reported to have said before shooting himself in the head. (The New York Police Department could not confirm this information with MTV News.) Law enforcement sources also told the Daily News that Lighty's wife told police that her husband had acquired a sizable tax debt totaling $5 million, though the Associated Press reports that Lighty had paid most of it off, owing only $330,000 in state and federal taxes. (MTV)

Hours after the shooting, reports started circulating online on hip-hop's loss.

According to law enforcement, 44-year-old Lighty's body was found by police around 11:30 AM in the backyard of his Bronx apartment. Lighty was pronounced dead on the scene, where a semi-automatic firearm was recovered. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide. According to sources close to Lighty, the hip hop mogul had been in an argument with his ex-wife and shot himself in the head. We're told the couple got divorced last year and Lighty hadn't been the same since. (TMZ)

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