Tearful testimonies were in full force earlier today when iconic Hip Hop figures and artists all came out to give credit and pay their last respect.
A constellation of stars — many of them wearing pins emblazoned with Lighty’s face — crowded a Manhattan funeral home to pay their respects.
Sean Diddy Combs, Fat Joe, Rev. Run, Missy Elliott, Michael Bivens, Wyclef Jean, Ed Lover — each stopped by the open casket where Lighty was laid out in a black suit.
The mourners also included rappers Lighty had worked with like 50 Cent, singers like Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill, celebrities like Gayle King and Nick Cannon, and other rap moguls like Andre Harrell, Lyor Cohen and Mona Scott-Young.
Rapper Busta Rhymes capped his tribute to his longtime friend with a rap.
“You were the light in a lot of lives,” Busta declared at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. “It ain’t no coincidence that your last name was Lighty.”
Russell Simmons credited Lighty with helping “create a cultural revolution” and rapper Q-Tip called him “an honorable man.”
“He grew up to be in so many ways a true leader in our hip hop world,” rapper LL Cool J said. “We didn’t thank him enough. I know I didn’t.”
Lighty’s 17-year-old daughter Tiffany sobbed through the ceremony. Her sister, Deja, said she wasn’t surprised by the turnout.
“I know my dad was a popular guy,” the 16-year-old said.
Lighty, 44, the founder and chief of Violator Management, killed himself last month after a heated argument with his estranged wife Veronica outside their Riverdale townhouse, police said.
R.I.P. Chris. We thank you for all the work you did and good music you gave us.
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