Veteran hip-hop manager Chris Lighty has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the New York Daily News reports. Lighty reportedly shot himself in the head this morning during an argument with his ex-wife. He was 44.
Lighty founded the management and media company Violator, and his former clients included 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Nas, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, and LL Cool J. Violator was also responsible for the release of two compilations, 1999’s Violator: The Album and 2001’s Violator: The Album, V 2.0, and had a hand in the 2004 film Full Clip.
According to the Daily News, Lighty was recently divorced from his wife, and may have owed the IRS as much as $5 million.