Chris Lighty’s wife Veronica is even more devastated from the fact that people claim her husband’s suicide was cause by the former couple arguing with each other. As you know the two were in the middle of the divorce battle when the tragedy happened.
But Veronica’s close friend who spoke on behalf of her, said Veronica should not be blamed for that.
“He was in a lot of pain and he possibly had some financial difficulties. The only person that really knows is Chris, and he ain’t here.”
Meanwhile, we previously reported that Chris owed $5 million in back taxes to IRS, but according to recent information that surfaced, he paid majority of his debt and was owing only about $330,000 that shouldn’t have been problematic for him to eventually pay.
His partner, Michael ‘Blue’ Williams claims that financial issues were not really a problem either and couldn’t be the reason for Chris’ suicide.
“Chris’ 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.
Some people will hear you’re in $2 million of debt and be like, ‘Aww he could’ve got out of that.’ Other people will be like, ‘He’s been in debt before and then dug himself out,’ because managers get in debt sometimes and you got to dig yourself out when your artist gets hot.
I know exactly what he was feeling when it comes to pressure and debt, trying to keep your company afloat and doing what you got to do, while also maintaining a certain perception out there.
It was a combination of both, talking to him, my own experiences; I’m not just grabbing it out of the air.
Chris to me is just as important as the Russells and Puffs and Lyors and those people whose names are synonymous with hip-hop. We lost a solider, a warrior in the fight for hip-hop legitimacy.”
Chris Lighty’s death was officially ruled as suicide. His body was found outside of his apartment in his yard (it was reported at first, he was found inside of his home). Chris was only 44 years old.