Earlier today (August 30), hip-hop received stricken news at Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Management and manager to 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J and more, was found dead this morning. The tragic loss sent shockwaves throughout the music industry and social media space, as rappers and industry folks like Fat Joe, DJ Scratch, Jeff Robinson and others have sent out their heart-rendering messages. Leaving behind a family and legacy as one of the game's well-respected businessmen and impresarios, Lighty will be forever be missed. Here, XXL compiles a few flicks of the superstar manager in better times.—XXL (@XXL)


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Lighty with Jungle Brothers. In 1989, he was the group's tour manager and also oversaw their signing to Warner Bros. Records for a whopping million dollar deal.


When: 5/8/11

Lighty with Tank attend at the former's birthday party at Juliet on in New York City.


When: 5/8/11

Drake with Lighty during the latter's birthday party at Juliet on May 8, 2011 in New York City.


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Lighty at Violator Management's company's office in NYC's Flatiron District.



Celebrating his B-Day at TAO Beach in Las Vegas.



attends 9th Annual TJ Martell Family Day March 2, 2008 New York City, NY

When: 3/2/08

With Nick Cannon, Jay-Z and his son at the 9th annual Mattell Family Day in NYC

attends 9th Annual TJ Martell Family Day March 2, 2008 New York City, NY

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When: 5/8/08

Michael Strahan and Kevin Liles celebrating with Lighty at his B-Day celebration.

<> on the streets of Manhattan on March 22, 2011 in New York City.

When: 3/22/11

Lighty with managed artist and former XXL Freshman Diggy Simmons. Alongside the two are Diggy's younger brother Russy and father Rev Run.


When: 4/15/07

Lighty with Q-Tip at the latter's surprise birthday party at the Safe Harbor Loft in NY.


When: 9/16/08

In better times, Lighty with his estranged wife Veronica, at the 2008 New Yorkers for Children Gala at Cipriani's.


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Chris at Puff's All-Black Party at Hush Nightclub


When: 5/12/09

Alongside LL Cool J at the Audi TDI Clean Diesel Technology dinner in NYC.



When: 1/7/11

Lighty, who brokered Fif's 2004 lucrative deal with Vitamin Water, and 50 Cent at the Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.


When: 1989

A vintage photo alongside Queen Latifah, Special Ed and D-Nice.


When: 2/25/08

With Lyor Cohen at the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's Action Awards.

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When: 2/28/06

Another flick of the Violator Records CEO in his New York City Office.

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Another photographed flick from his office.


When: 7/30/09

With film producer and director Brett Ratner at a book discussion of James Toback's book "Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir On the Great Jim Brown" at Borders Books & Music in NYC's Columbus Circle.


When: 6/2011

In the studio with Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti