Sources close to VIBE have confirmed that Violater Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away.
Violater has worked with stars such as Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, and more.
Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news on Twitter.
Jeff Robinson @thejeffrobinson “So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
More industry insiders have sent their condolences.
Karen Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) Devastated to hear about the loss of Chris Lighty. My prayers & thoughts are with his family.
Decon (@Decon) RIP Chris Lighty. Our deepest condolences to his friends, family & team.
SCRAM JONES (@SCRAMJONES) R.I.P. Chris Lighty – thats just crazy – #1 Hip Hop Manager
According to Daily News, law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.