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Chris Lighty Reactions

LIGHTY DEATH DARKENS BIZ: Yesterday’s tragic death of longtime hip-hop executive and pioneer Chris Lighty, one of the most respected figures in the industry, has sent shock waves, sadness and sorrow through the close-knit music community. The tributes to the late rap entrepreneur continued to flow in cyberspace with condolences to his family. “R.I.P. Chris Lighty,” tweeted Fat Joe. “That man saved my life.” “R.I.P., my manager Chris Lighty. I know you’re in a better place,” Soulja Boy posted on Twitter. “This shit got me so fucked up big bro we just talked on the phone two days ago.” Tweeted Ghostface Killah: “Hard one to grab Yo damn… My most humble prayers to the family of Chris Lighty.” L.A. Reid weighed in with, “R.I.P. Chris Lighty. My prayers for your immediate and extended family. We have lost a true hip-hop pioneer and legend.” Snoop Dogg offered, “He lived a great life and loved his artists.” Management client 50 Cent said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and business partner. Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade. He helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family.” Added former Rush and WMG colleague Lyor Cohen: “Chris is a beautiful soul and he will be deeply missed He touched all of our lives.” (8/31a)

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