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Celebrities Lay Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty to Rest

Wed., Sep. 5, 2012 5:36 PM EST
by Danielle Canada

Chris Lighty’s Funeral Attended by Music Luminaries 

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

 

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