Chris Lighty’s widow Veronica continues to deny reports they fought the day he took his own life but now she also says she’d called off their divorce and he’d worked out most of his money problems. She does say he was under a lot of stress though, and unlike his brother Dave, she seems eager to close the investigation into his death and let him rest in peace.
The tearful widow of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty deepened the mystery of his suicide by insisting Monday that financial and marital woes had nothing to do with his demise.
In an emotional interview outside her Riverdale townhouse, Veronica Lighty blasted reports that her husband killed himself over an argument with her.
“My husband was too smart of a man. He was a genius. No smart man is going to leave his children for fighting with his wife,” she told the Daily News in her first public comments since the founder and chief of Violator Management took his life Thursday morning. “That makes absolutely no sense.
“We had a passionate relationship. We fought all the time,” she added.
Lighty, 44, the father of six children, shot himself to death behind his five-story townhouse.
Reports suggested Lighty — the longtime manager who worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and Ja Rule — owed $5 million to the IRS and was heartbroken over his wife filing for divorce.
But Veronica Lighty, the mother of two of the hip-hop star’s children, said she and her husband had worked out their financial difficulties and that they were not getting a divorce.
“I had filed for divorce last year, but retracted it” two days before Father’s Day, she said. “That was my gift to him.”
She also noted that they had sold their Chelsea apartment for $5.6 million and moved to an equally luxurious Riverdale townhouse.
“We were not in debt $5 million,” she said.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Lighty had used the proceeds from the sale of the Chelsea apartment to pay off most of the IRS debt. But he still owed more than $330,000 in state and federal taxes, the AP reported.
And a bank sued him in April for being overdrawn by $53,584, the AP reported.
His widow would only say, “Chris had a lot of weight on his shoulders.”
The couple had been married for 10 years.
“My husband was obsessed and adored me,” she said. “He was one of the most beautiful people that I have ever met in my life.
“Let him die proud, at peace because that’s what he needed and that’s what he wanted,” she added. “He just wanted peace and he wanted to relieve all that stress.”
Do you think that too much is being made over the circumstances of Lighty’s death? Should we listen to his widow and accept he just wanted to be at peace and look no further into there being some dark secret behind it all?