The media has been abuzz about Chris Lighty’s (who was the founder of Violator Management company, Brand Asset CEO, and longtime manager of the well-known stars in hip-hop) decision to take his own life. His brother, Dave Lighty is urging NYPD to conduct a full investigation before concluding his brother’s death is in fact a suicide. Dave Lighty took to local television and radio stations in New York to describe his brother and to discuss his reaction to his brother’s death.
“I’m surprised, shocked, and lost at this moment. I want the truth to come out. This isn’t my brother. My brother was a strong person, is a strong person. Nothing is adding up. I can’t get a direct answer from anybody…I understand there’s a process to be followed. I can’t even get clear answers from people I think I should be getting clear answers from,” Dave Lighty, Chris Lighty’s brother said. “Everyone’s like ‘that’s not the Chris I know’ in no way, shape, or form. Things were popping. Primary wave was the biggest management company in America, what else could be going wrong. Yeah, we’re in a bad economy, that’s everywhere. Nah. Not this. We’ve been in way worse situations than this. I just want to know what really happened to my brother. If he did take his own life, alright, I just wish he could have reached out and spoken to us. We were all here for him. I just want the truth. The truth.”
Lighty isn’t the first prominent music industry figure to take his own life. In 2008, Def Jam executivevice president Shakir Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 34. Stewart’s fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with his family on Sunday in which she said that “over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence.”