Close family and friends, along with music executives including LL Cool J and Sean “Diddy” Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty.
Mourners included Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Russell Simmons, Busta Rymes, 50 Cent and Grandmaster Flash. Speakers at the funeral, who included family members as well as LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes, didn’t allude to the circumstances of Lighty’s death, choosing to instead stress his legacy in the music world and his life as a family man. Mourners filed past the flower-bedecked coffin where Lighty was laid out in a dark suit.
A slideshow depicting his life appeared on a screen. Grandmaster Flash referred to medical examiner’s findings outside the chapel.
“Whatever the pressure was that made him take his life had to be tremendous pressure. I just wish that Chris would have reached out and said, `Flash, I need some help, man.’ … He didn’t reach out. It’s really sad.”
Lighty leaves behind his wife and six children. [AP]