Hip-Hop Mourns the Loss of Chris Lighty

LL Cool J and Chris Lighty

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…

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  1. kwayzee

    Nicki Minaj: Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture. #RIPChrisLighty


    Icky Minaj Reply:

    @kwayzee, and the redundancy award goes to…kwayzee! Why re copy something when its posted right above? Like really, its posted just above if you scroll up a bit. You Nicki Minaj fans need to put down your copies of Pink Friday and pick up a book about common sense, because you all seem to lack it.


    Miles Reply:

    @Icky Minaj, smh…. she is not a Nicki Minaj fan. I don’t understand why people dont understand this…. She(or he) is pretending to be an obsessive Nicki Minaj fan so they can aggrevate other people and start arguments. She only did that to get a response from somebody. She(or he) only acts like a Nicki Minaj fan because they find it funny. no one seems to catch on that for some reason


  2. Miles

    i never understood why people commit suicide. seems retarded to me. But thats sad. sounds like he had a huge impact on the industry. RIP


    Ice Reply:

    @Miles, Im afraid to get a shot, let alone kill myself.


    Be3000 Reply:

    @Miles, There is many reasons why people commit suicide, some people aren’t as strong as others, he might have made a big mistake in his life or depressed you don’t know what was wrong with him so please don’t call it ‘retarded’

    My heart goes out to his family and friends.


    4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez Reply:

    @Miles, That is Totally wrong for u to call it Retarded and U don’t know what was wrong with him just because he lost his Life so No Need to call it retarded U dumbie bum


  3. Veronica Foxx

    You never know what someone is going through. That’s why bullying has to stop. Even if you think someone is good a smile or just a shout out will help that person stay on earth. Trust me I know. May God have mercy on his soul. I’m sad for his family.


  4. 4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez

    a lot of People did Tweeted on twitter when they had hear the news and you never know what someone’s Going Through


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