Legendary hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty has sadly passed away at the age of 44. It appears that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to multiple sources. He was famously known for beginning Violator Management, and worked with a slew of heavy hitters, including 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Nas, Missy Elliot, and LL Cool J.

Our hearts go out to his family and friends.