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Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty Found Dead In Bronx Apartment From Possible Suicide

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How tragic!!

Music manager Chris Lighty is dead at 44.

His body was found Thursday is his Bronx apartment and the cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The hip-hop icon worked with top-tier artists and was the longtime manager of Diddy, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, and 50 Cent.

He was found shortly before noon and a gun was also recovered next to his body.

We hate to think anyone would ever take their own life but Chris recently divorced his wife and may have been millions of dollars in debt to the IRS.

Many musicians tweeted condolences as soon as they heard the news.

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Ja Rule Gets In Trouble For Birthday Phone Call!!

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Prison life does not allow for even the smallest of frivolities - and Ja Rule is learning this the hard way.

As we reported last week, for Ja Rule's birthday the convict-rapper called in to Big Poppa In The Morning on KISS FM for a little chat about life in the Big House.

Well, it seems that the Big House was none to happy about the phone sesh, and poor Ja got one week of hard labor for the call!

Listeners to the show speculate that Ja got in trouble for:

A)Making a call to the media without permission or
B)Making a three-way call with his publicist

The crazy thing is that within the interview, Big Poppa specifically asked Ja if he would get in trouble (he said no), and his publicist was there to back him up!!

Listen to part of the interview (above) where his potential for prison backlash is discussed.

Why do U think Ja got punished??

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Ja Rule Calls Into Radio Show From Prison On His Birthday

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Do you know what today is? Don't be smart, we know it's Leap Day, but do you know what else happened today? Ja Rule was born! Oh yeah! And he finally got to celebrate his birthday on the day he was actually born for once!

Unfortunately, thanks to tax evasion on $3 million worth of earnings in the last decade, the rapper and actor has to celebrate from prison.

He did get one birthday treat, however. He was able to talk to the outside world when he called into “Big Poppa” Gary Spears' radio show on KISS FM.

In case you're wondering what prison is like, "It's definitely not like Shawshank Redemption," according to Ja. Instead, Ja Rule compares life in the slammer to Groundhog Day because "every day is the same day all over again."

All in all, it sounds like Mr. Rule is doing pretty well while serving his 28-month prison sentence. He's described as "a model inmate" who has not only put on about 25 pounds of muscle, but he got his GED!

We're so happy to hear he's taking advantage of his incarceration to turn a negative into a positive! Happy Birthday, Ja!

Check out the interview (below) to find out what Ja Rule has been up to in the big house and to get a better idea of what prison life is like.

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MORE Jail For Ja Rule!


Ouch! Double whammy!

Ja Rule was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file more than $3 million in income tax returns for his earnings between 2004 and 2006, which is on top of the two years he's spending in state prison for attempted criminal weapon possession!

The rapper said today prior to the ruling:

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Ja Rule May Get MORE Jail Time! Rapper To Be Sentenced For Tax Evasion

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Hopefully he can continue to maintain a somewhat positive attitude about this.

To recap, back in March Ja Rule was given a June 8 start date for his two-year prison term for a NY gun charge AND he plead guilty to tax evasion in NJ, for unpaid taxes on over $3 million of income!

Last we heard from him, he had spent his last day on the outside with his family before his sentence began.

Now, a little over a month into his prison term, Ja Rule will be

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Ja Rule Spent Last Day With Fam Before Going To Prison

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We're glad to hear he had his priorities in order for his last day on the outside.

Back in March, rapper/actor Ja Rule was given a June 8 start date for his two-year prison term for a NY gun charge AND he plead guilty to tax evasion in NJ, for unpaid taxes on over $3 million of income!

His two-year prison sentence starts today, but at least he seems to have had a nice send-off from his family yesterday. Here's what he tweeted about it:

My last day out chillin wit the Fam and the kids at the movies Xmen let's gooooo!!!

How nice! We give credit to Ja for facing the music and doing his time. Hopefully he comes out strong, Weezy-style!

Good luck, Ja! We'll see U again soon!

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Ja Rule Can't Get Out Of Trouble! Pleads Guilty To $3 Million In Tax Evasion!

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ja rule pleads guilty to three million dollars in tax evasion

Earlier this month, rapper/actor Ja Rule was given a June 8 start date for his two-year prison term for a NY gun charge.

At the time, Ja's lawyer said he'd be finishing his new album Renaissance Project, and taking care of "tax matters" until the beginning of his prison term.

Apparently, he had some SERIOUS tax matters to take care of, because on Tuesday he plead guilty to tax evasion in NJ, for unpaid taxes on over $3 million of income!

Looks like he'll be sentenced for his tax evasion charges this June.

At least he's facing the music and getting all of his affairs in order before prison.

Who knows? Maybe his album will sell REALLY well, and then he'll come back strong in two years.

If Weezy can do it…

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