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Chris Lighty found dead in apartment

2:19 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
Chris Lighty speaks at the debut of the new 'Power By 50 Cent' fragrance at Avenue on June 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say a hip-hop mogul who managed Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and others was found dead in an apparent suicide.

Chris Lighty was discovered Thursday at his home in the Bronx with a gunshot wound to the head. The 44-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne says a .9mm handgun was found at the scene. No note was found.

The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death, but authorities say the shooting appears to be self-inflicted.

Lighty was behind some of rap's leading figures, helping them not only attain hit records but also lucrative careers outside of music. He had been a part of the scene for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J before starting his own management company.

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