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Various sources have confirmed that pioneering hip-hop executive Chris Lighty has died. The native of the Bronx died today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The powerhouse behind Violater Records and management guided the careers of hip-hop heavyweights like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot. Lighty’s company also managed Mariah Carey, Diddy, Three 6 Mafia and LL Cool J, among many others.

Lighty began his career working for DJ Red Alert. He became a road manager for Boogie Down Productions and managed groups like The Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest.

He was given the nickname “Baby Chris” for his good looks and to distinguish himself from his older friend Chris Ali.

Most recently Lighty appeared in the Tribe Called Quest documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life.

Sadly, Lighty sent out this tweet on August 27 in remembrance of BDP DJ Scott La Rock.

Mary J. Blige tweeted the following:

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