Chris Lighty Dead of Apparent Suicide; Hip-Hop Manager Was 44

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Chris Lighty, hip hop mogul and longtime manager of big names such as 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey, was found dead in NYC this morning.

Lighty apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot would to the head.

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According to law enforcement sources, the 44-year-old Lighty's body was found by police around 11:30 a.m. in the back yard of his Bronx apartment.

Chris Lighty was pronounced dead on the scene, where a semi-automatic firearm was recovered. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

TMZ reports that he had been in an argument with his ex-wife and shot himself; the duo divorced last year and Lighty hadn't been the same since.

Our condolences to those who knew and loved Chris.