May 8, 1968 – August 30, 2012
Chris Lighty’s funeral service took place Wednesday. Celebrity mourners included rapper 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Missy Elliott, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Russell Simmons, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Grandmaster Flash. They joined the music executive’s wife Veronica, and his two teenage daughters at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.
Chris Lighty worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Lauryn Hill before they were famous
Chris negotiated 50 Cent’s deal with Glacéau’s Vitamin Water which made the rapper $100 million and brokered LL Cool J’s commercial with the Gap in the late 1990s, as well as Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest’s early deals with drinks companies.
Chris Lighty, 44, was the founder and CEO of Violator Management, he killed himself last month after he allegedly had a heated argument with his estranged wife Veronica outside their Riverdale townhouse, police said. His death was ruled a suicide, but his family had requested a second autopsy. His widow Veronica was at the funeral she insists that their fight did not trigger his suicide. The couple were in the midst of a divorce and Lighty had been having financial and personal troubles.
Veronica: ‘We had a passionate relationship. We fought all the time.’ She also called off the divorce proceedings she started last years two days before Father’s Day and states that Chris had paid the IRS the $5 million he was reported to owe.