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Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty Found Inside Bronx Home With Gunshot Wound To Head

Police Say Shooting Appears To Be Self-Inflicted
Chris Lighty (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment)

Chris Lighty (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who managed Sean “Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent and others was found dead in an apparent suicide, according to the NYPD.

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Lighty was discovered Thursday at his home in the Bronx with a gunshot wound to the head. The 44-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne says a .9mm handgun was found at the scene.

No note was found.

The medical examiner’s office will determine a cause of death, but authorities said the shooting appears to be self-inflicted.

Lighty was behind some of rap’s leading figures, helping them not only attain hit records but also lucrative careers outside of music. He had been a part of the scene for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J before starting his own management company.

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