Hip-hop heavyweights gathered in New York on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Chris Lighty, the pioneering talent manager who apparently took his life on Aug. 30.
Stars like LL Cool J, Diddy, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip, 50 Cent and Grandmaster Flash attended services at Manhattan's Frank E. Campbell funeral home, where Lighty was celebrated before friends and family.
A processional for Lighty, who is survived by wife Veronica and their two children, arrived at the home bearing an oversized floral arrangement of white roses, spelling out "I love you Chris. Violator."
Violator was Lighty's multi-media management and marketing company. The late exec was widely credited with bringing hip-hop to the mainstream in the late '80s.