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Grandmaster Flash referred to medical examiner’s findings outside the chapel.

“Whatever the pressure was that made him take his life had to be tremendous pressure,” he said. “I just wish that Chris would have reached out and said, `Flash, I need some help, man.’ … He didn’t reach out. It’s really sad.”

Simmons posted an online appeal to the music industry Wednesday to fill the void left by Lighty by mentoring young hip-hop artists.

Chris was a shining example of playing the game, while always keeping it real,” he wrote.


Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.