Chris Lighty - Chris Lighty's Funeral To Be Held Today
Music manager Chris Lighty's memorial service will take place in New York today (05.09.12).
Chris Lighty's funeral will take place in New York today (05.09.12).
The hop executive - who managed a number of stars throughout his career including 50 Cent, P.Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey - was found dead at his home in the city last Friday (30.08.12) and according to the New York Post's Page Six, his memorial service will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Avenue.
He is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and left behind six children and his wife, Veronica.
A number of stars paid tribute to the hip-hop mogul after hearing the news including Russell Simmons - who co-founded hip-hop label Def Jam with Rick Rubin - who described him as a ''brilliant partner in business'' and someone who will be ''missed greatly''.
He said in a statement: ''I am deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero.
''Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished.
''He is an amazing Example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us.''
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and Rihanna took to their twitter accounts to pay tribute to Chris.
Scooter wrote: ''hard to believe it is true but RIP to my friend Chris Lighty. gone too soon (sic)''
Rihanna tweeted: ''Rest peacefully Chris Lighty, my prayers go out to family and loved ones! Dear God please have mercy (sic)''