Chris Lighty Suicide Not Linked To IRS Tax Debt

By: , NewsOXY Reporter
09/02/2021 01:09 PM ET

Chris Lightly was found dead last week from an apparent suicide, but his partner Michael "Blue" Williams says the music mogul did have a lot of debt to the IRS. However, Williams stated that his "debt is probably less important than the pressure that he was under," Williams told MTV News.

"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."

The music world is still searching for answers as to why music manager would take his own life. In fact, there has been much made about Lighty's tax deb, but Williams, who partnered with Chris to form the management company Primary Violator last year, urges the public not to focus on the dollar amount.

Thursday morning, police responded to a call at Lighty's Bronx, New York, residence and found the mega-manager to stars like 50 Cent and Mariah Carey lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene in what authorities are calling a suicide.

Law enforcement sources also told the New York Daily News that Lighty's wife told police that her husband had acquired a sizable tax debt totaling $5 million, though the Associated Press reports that Lighty had paid most of it off, owing only $330,000 in state and federal taxes.

Lightly was also going through a divorce with his wife, Veronica. It has been reported that the two were arguing just moments before he took his own life. Williams doesn't doubt for a second that the music star's home life elevated his stress level. "No one can fight in the streets all day and then go home and fight all night, no matter what you do for a living, not just being specific to [Chris]," he said.

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