Today marked a sad occasion for many in the music industry as they were forced to lay a friend and fallen comrade to rest. As previously reported, Chris Lighty of Violator Management fatally shot himself in late August outside his New York city home. Police believe the 43-year-old father of five may have been under tremendous financial pressure and was at odds with his estranged spouse.
Today, Sept. 5, celebrities turned out in droves to a Manhattan funeral home where Lighty’s open casket service was held. Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Q-Tip, Rev. Run, Missy Elliott, Michael Bivens, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill. and Ed Lover were all in attendance. Also on hand was reality show producer Mona Scott-Young as, well as Gayle King, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes.
Rapper Maino gave the New York Daily News a somber quote on the ceremony. “He was somebody that gave me advice,” said the Brooklyn, N.Y. emcee. “I don’t like to see this. I don’t like to see families like this. We’re talking about a legend. He helped artists become superstars and moguls.”
Lighty’s estranged wife, Veronica, and his children were also on hand. -danielle canada