Hip-hop mogul's death in NYC ruled a suicide

August 31, 2012 - 5:37 PM
Obit Chris Lighty

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2007 file photo shows hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty in his office in New York. Lightly died of an apparent gunshot wound on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at his home in the Bronx borough of New York. He was 44. Lighty was the man behind rapís leading figures, helping them not only attain hit records, but lucrative careers outside of music. He had been a part of the rap scene for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J, KRS-One before starting his own management company, Violator. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide.

The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head. A 9 mm handgun was found in the apartment.

The medical examiner's office said Friday that Lighty died from a self-inflicted wound.

Lighty had been a major player in the industry for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J before starting his own management company, Violator.

Lighty and his wife, Veronica, had been in the process of divorcing and he was also having financial trouble, according to court records.