Superstar hip-hop manager Chris Lighty has passed away. From VIBE:

Sources close to VIBE have confirmed that Violator Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away.

Violator has worked with stars such as Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes,Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, and more.

Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news on Twitter.

Jeff Robinson ‏@thejeffrobinson “So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”

From Hip-Hop DX:

BREAKING: The founder and CEO of Violator Entertainment, integral to the careers of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip and others has allegedly died of a reported suicide.

From the Daily News:

Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.

Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.

It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body.

Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS

Eerily, Lighty seemed to have death on his mind in recent days. His final tweet was a memorial tribute to late, legendary Boogie Down Productions turntablist Scott La Rock, who also died tragically:

Rest in peace to my main man The Grand Incredible Dj Scott La Rock. I am still Criminal Minded. 8/27/87

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