Although Chris Lighty was laid to rest yesterday, questions still loom about the circumstances surrounding his death. Veronica Lighty has gone on record to state that marital and financial issues were not the reason the Violator founder allegedly took his life. The Associated Press reports that members of Lighty’s family are seeking a second opinion after the NYC medical examiner ruled that the Bronx native died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Forensic pathologist Michael Baden said Wednesday that he performed the second autopsy at the family’s request. He says he’s awaiting test results.
Baden is paid to give independent opinions on deaths. He has testified in several high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson trial.
Lighty was found dead in his Bronx apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. The medical examiner ruled it a suicide. But his brother Dave Lighty has indicated that he isn’t sure his brother took his own life.
Lighty’s funeral was held yesterday on New York City’s Upper East Side and the Bronx native was buried at George Washington Memorial Park in New Jersey. Footage from the funeral, which was attended by artists and friends of Lighty including Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Uncle Murda, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent has appeared online. “He was a jewel and a treasured person in the community,” LL Cool J told MTV News outside the funeral. “Just one of the architects of our culture and he was my friend.”
Watch footage from Chris Lighty’s funeral below.
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