The sudden death of Chris Lighty sent shockwaves throughout the music industry. The hip-hop manager was found dead after an apparent suicide at the age of 44. As founder of Violator Management, he helped shape the careers of artists including 50 Cent, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Mariah Carey, and had a profound impact on the culture.
Rev Run, Rihanna, Game, Monica, Soulja Boy, Nicki Minaj, and more of his friends and associates took to Twitter to pay their respects to the hip-hop visionary. His client Diggy Simmons saw him as more than just a manager, while Fat Joe will forever be grateful for the impact he had on his life.
Read some of the heartfelt messages below.
Rev Run: R 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
Diddy: R.I.P. Chris Lighty. He Was A Dear Friend Of Mine And I Still Can’t Believe It.
John Legend: RIP Chris Lighty. Hip-hop visionary.
Kelly Price: Chris Lighty was a power player in this business. PLEASE lets see that we ALL need love, support and encouragement. WE HAVE2HOLDEACHOTHERUP
?uestlove: Man, I’m really sorry about Chris Lighty. Such a nice guy to me & my band. May God rest his soul. Peace to his family.
Big Sean: RIP Chris Lighty. my condolences to the family and loved ones.
Yo Gotti: R.I.P 2 My Manager CHRIS LIGHTY
Brandy: R.I.P. Chris Lighty! This is such a shock:( My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Diggy Simmons: Still in shock.. More than just my manager but my family. Love you and gonna miss you Chris. R.I.P
Keyshia Cole: Sad at the amount of influential people we’re losing to suicide!!!!! Damn man!!! Come on!!!
Jay Electronica: this C.Lighty news really saddens me at the core. Peace on him and his loved ones.
Talib Kweli: Rest in peace Chris Lighty. Your words and your vision are constant inspiration to me. Forever.
Ameriie: God bless Chris Lighty and his family…rest in peace.
Soulja Boy: 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
Nicki Minaj: 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
Marsha Ambrosius: RIP Chris Lighty. Prayers to family and loved ones.
Big Boi: RIP Chris Lighty
DJ Khaled: 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!
Monica: Another tragic loss!! God Bless the Lighty Fam,My heart aches. RIP Chris
Leah LaBelle: RIP Chris Lighty… it saddens my heart so intensely that this industry drive us to pain. we seriously need to do better. we can.
Childish Gambino: rest in peace Chris Lighty. thank you for everything
Ludacris: R.I.P. Chris Lightly who always had the best energy every time I had an encounter with him. He will be missed
Chuck D: 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
Pusha T: Rest in Peace @clighty this is terrible news!!
Game: R.I.P. to my old friend “Chris Lighty”. Tragedy has once again struck the music industry & this time it hit close to home. Chris was a good dude, honestly…. A father, husband, mogul & a great business man. May his soul rest & many condolensces to his immediate family & children. Love
Nick Cannon: I’m devastated right now. I can’t believe my big brother Chris Lighty is gone… He was a pioneer, a mentor, and a great friend RIP
Fat Joe: I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty
LoLa Monroe: Aww mann R.I.P Chris Lightly..so sad
Ciara: So Sad, and Truly Unbelievable:(..May Chris Lighty Rest In Peace…