Many loose threads lead to many fingers being pointed
Last week, hip-hop pioneer Chris Lighty committed suicide in his Bronx home. Lighty, who ushered in many stars of the genre like Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Diddy and singer Mariah Carey under his Violator Entertainment banner, had many loose threads in his life that people pointed to once news of his suicide spread. There was a lingering debt, personal issues and, one that many believed was the true culprit, divorce from his wife, Veronica. That’s something she took to the press to deny.
Chris, 44, leaves behind four children, and it’s one of the reasons that she believes that wasn’t the case. "We had a passionate relationship. We fought all the time," she said, noting that for Father's Day she backtracked on the divorce. "I had filed for divorce last year, but retracted it... That was my gift to him."
According to reports, the IRS was waiting for Lighty to gift them with an estimated $5 million due in back taxes. The family had recently moved to the well-to-do Riverdale section of the Bronx after selling their Manhattan apartment for $5.6 million.
Another theory about the suicide was spelled out to MTV by his former partner, Michael “Blue” Williams. "What people are missing and what people don't see and what Chris is an example of is how much, as black men, we carry around and don't always communicate."