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44-year-old Violators founder, Chris Lightly was found dead in his Bronx apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, where a medical examiner has ruled it suicide.

Yesterday, Chris was remembered by family and close friends at a Manhattan funeral chapel, which included, Missy Elliott, P. Diddy, Russell Simmons, Lloyd Banks, LL Cool J, Nick Cannon, and more. Check out the pics below:

Bad Boy Diddy.

Fat Joe was also in attendance.

Missy Elliot was reportedly in tears throughout the service, along with LL.

Busta Ryhmes exiting the church.


Nick looking rather dapper.

R&B soul singer Lauryn Hill.. (image credit: sandrarose)

50 cent photographed with his entourage.

Wycleaf Jean was also spotted at the funeral.

Rapper Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo

Chris Lightly’s family exiting the church.

Russell Simmons

Macy Gray came out to show her support.

According to the billboard.com,

In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Lighty talked about creating opportunities for his stars – a Chapstick deal for LL Cool J, known for licking his lips, and a vitamin supplement deal for 50 Cent.

“As music sales go down because kids are stealing it off the Internet and trading it and iPod sales continue to rise, you can’t rely on just the income that you would make off of being an artist,” he said at the time.

Survivors include his two children. He and his wife, Veronica, had been in the process of divorcing. The case was still listed as active, but electronic records show an agreement to end it was filed in June.

He was also having financial trouble. City National Bank sued Lighty, whose given name was Darrell, in April, saying he had overdrawn his account by $53,584 and then refused to pay the balance. The case was still pending.

He also owed more than $330,000 in state and federal taxes, according to legal filings. His tax problems were much steeper a year ago, but he cleared away millions of dollars in earlier Internal Revenue Service liens last October, after selling his Manhattan apartment for $5.6 million. Which he then moved to the Bronx.

Readings at the service were led by family members and celebrities, including LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.

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