Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has hired a team of high-profile investigators to examine the death of hip-hop music executive Chris Lighty, who allegedly committed suicide in August.
In an interview with Huff Post Live, Jackson, who was Lighty’s close friend and client, questioned the details surrounding the music mogul’s death, like many of Lighty’s family members and close friends.
“I still can’t make very much sense of it. The whole theory of him being in a financial strain would support why you would want to do something like kill yourself,” Jackson said during the interview. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, because that $5 million that they said he owed the IRS…he didn’t owe the IRS $5 million at that point.”
Jackson said Lighty’s mother came to the rapper and asked for financial assistance in hiring attorney Scott Leemon and private investigator Les Levine.
Authorities believed that Lighty, 44, took his own life after a series of personal setbacks including debt and a recent divorce. He was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head Aug. 30 at his Bronx, NY apartment.
Jackson explained that he had loaned Lighty $1 million and received the money back with interest. He added that he had spoken to the exec before he died and he seemed to be looking forward to the future. According to Fox News’ New York affiliate, Lighty and Jackson had just secured a world tour for next year.
Despite claims of Lighty’s financial woes, the mogul’s will left over $1.6 million in a trust fund to his children, according to Fox 5. His entire estate was given to his wife, who he was in the process of divorcing.
Lighty’s death was officially ruled a suicide by the New York City Medical Examiner, but the family is currently in the process of obtaining a second autopsy.
The mogul, who created Violator Records, is famously known for jumpstarting the careers of artists such as Mariah Carey, Nas, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, among many others.