Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty was found dead this morning of an apparent suicide.

As reported by the NY Daily News, legendary music executive Chris Lighty committed suicide outside his Bronx apartment this morning after an argument with his estranged wife.

Police responded to a call at 670 West 232nd Street in the Bronx, New York, at approximately 11:30 a.m. this morning. Officers discovered Lighty with a gunshot wound to the head and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to sources, a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying face-up with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body.

Lighty played a huge part in bringing many rappers into the mainstream as he founded Violator Management in 1989, and helped launch the careers of A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and many others.

Def Sounds sends it condolences to Chris Lighty’s family and friends.

R.I.P. Chris Lighty