According to the police, hip-hop mogul who managed Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey was found dead in his New York City apartment on Thursday in an apparent suicide.

In detail, police revealed that Chris Lighty, 44, was found at his home in the Bronx with a gunshot wound to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to
Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, no note was recovered, but a 9 mm handgun was discovered at the scene and there was not any sign of forced entry.

The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death, but authorities claim that the shooting seems to be self-inflicted.

It has to be noted that 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 LL Cool J before starting his own management company, Violator. In spite of his huge success Lighty had recently financial and personal troubles.

Needless to say that twitter was flooded with condolences on his passing just hours after the body was found at about 11:30 a.m.

"R.I.P. Chris Lighty," Fat Joe posted on his account. "The man that saved my life!"

Diddy wrote: "In shock."

Rihanna posted: "Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy."

Mary J. Blige wrote: "U never know what can send a person over the edge or make them want 2 keep living. take it easy on people."

50 Cent said in a statement issued through his publicist that he was deeply saddened by the loss:

"Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade. He was a good friend and advisor who helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed."

R.I.P Chris Lighty

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