Rich Cronin passed away yesterday after a five-year battle with leukemia. He was 35. Cronin was the lead singer for late-’90s boy band LFO (a.k.a. Lyte Funky Ones), who were best known for their 1999 hit, “Summer Girls,” a mix of sunny pop and non sequiturs about Chinese food and girls wearing Abercrombie & Fitch clothing. The single reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
LFO broke up in 2002 and in 2005 Cronin was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The disease went into remission in 2007, allowing him to participate in the VH1 reality show Mission: Man Band, in which he and Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) and Chris Kirkpatrick (’N Sync) attempted to relaunch their careers with a new matured boy band. Cronin started the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness about leukemia and educate the public about donating blood and bone marrow.
Remember Cronin by watching the video for “Summer Girls” below.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog