As reported by the NY Daily News, legendary music executive Chris Lighty committed suicide outside his Bronx apartment this morning after an argument with his estranged wife.
Police responded to a call at 670 West 232nd Street in the Bronx, New York, at approximately 11:30 a.m. this morning. Officers discovered Lighty with a gunshot wound to the head and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to sources, a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying face-up with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body.
Lighty played a huge part in bringing many rappers into the mainstream as he founded Violator Management in 1989, and helped launch the careers of A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and many others.
Def Sounds sends it condolences to Chris Lighty’s family and friends.
R.I.P. Chris Lighty