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50 Cent backs probe of Chris Lighty's death

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Hip hop superstar 50 Cent is speaking out about the death of his business manager, Chris Lighty.

In his first TV interview, 50 Cent revealed to me the real reason he is bankrolling an investigation into how Lighty died. He told me Lighty's mother came to him, asking for help. She said that like many others, she didn't believe her son would take his own life.

Lighty died in August allegedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an argument with his wife.

The city medical examiner ruled it a suicide, but many close to Lighty have their doubts. 50 Cent said he offered to pay for an investigation.

50 cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told me the hip hop mogul was not financially desperate. He said they just booked an international tour for 2013 that would have netted Lighty millions.

Fox 5 obtained a copy of Lighty's will. The will, drafted in 2007, provides a separate $1.6 million trust fund for his children.

Aidala said establishing that trust shows great care and planning, especially for a man who at that time was only in his late thirties.

50 Cent, an award-winning platinum-selling artist said Lighty was involved in every major career development of his over the last decade. He said he believes Chris would do the same for him.

On behalf of Lighty's mother, attorney Scott Leemon and private investigator Les Levine are on the case.

50 Cent said he will back the effort until there is conclusive evidence one way or the other.

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