Chris Lighty’s death has officially been ruled a suicide, but those closest to him are still struggling to understand why he chose to end his own life. Despite reports that a fight with estranged wife Veronica lead to him turning a gun on himself, many blame financial woes for his troubled decision.
Money, not love, may have provoked the suicide of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Thursday.
Lighty, 44, who made millions for artists such as 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, was found dead at his Bronx home after fighting with his estranged wife, sources said this week.
But his distraught wife, Veronica, 36, is disputing the idea the she fought with Lighty before he took his life…
“He was in a lot of pain and he possibly had some financial difficulties,” said Norman Downes, a friend who spoke on behalf of Veronica Lighty, who was too upset to speak Friday.
“But they didn’t get into a fight that day,” Downes insisted.
Lighty’s suicide came as he was preparing to move out of their W. 232nd St. home in South Riverdale. The couple was in the midst of a bitter divorce..
The mogul walked out of the house, saying, “I’m tired of this,” and walked to the back yard and shot himself in the head with a 9-mm. handgun, sources said.
But Lighty’s wife, speaking through Downes, suggested that Lighty’s financial problems might have finally pushed the successful entrepreneur over the edge.
Sources said Lighty’s money woes included a debt to the IRS that would have cost him more than $300,000 in unpaid state and federal taxes.
When asked if financial problems might have provoked Lighty to commit suicide, Downes said, “The only person that really knows is Chris, and he ain’t here.”
Lighty’s death was officially ruled a suicide Friday.
The Bronx native enjoyed a storied career and once brokered a deal between Queens rapper 50 Cent and the company that owns VitaminWater in a transaction that netted 50 Cent between $60 million and $100 million.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and business partner,” the rapper said in a statement.
This has to be one of the saddest stories we’ve ever had to report. We know that Veronica Lighty must be going through it and likely has been bearing a lot of the blame from Chris’ other loved ones.
Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
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