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Former LFO Member Rich Cronin Dies at 35

Former LFO Member Rich Cronin Dies at 35

Rich Cronin, a former member of the boy band LFO, passed away on Wednesday (September 8) after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

The 35-year-old singer, who wrote the band’s biggest hit, “Summer Girls,” scored a platinum single back in 1999.

Friends including former *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick sent their condolences. “Rip to a great friend,” Chris wrote simply. Lance Bass also weighed in, calling Rich “an amazing guy”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich‘s family during this difficult time.

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  • f

    Sad. RIP

  • Ginger

    That’s so sad losing your life at 35… Still so young. My prayers are sent to his families tonight.

  • kate

    This is so sad. I remember him and LFO from back when I was in middle school…may he rip :(

  • longchamp

    RIP Cronin

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  • Amanda

    I just remember trying to get the words to Summer Girls cuz he goes so fast in the song. RIP Rich you are greatly missed

  • wonderette

    I still know all of the words to Summer Girls and listen to it on a regular basis. Now learning all of the words to West Side Story, that was difficult.

  • wonderette

    I still know all of the words to Summer Girls and listen to it on a regular basis. Now learning all of the words to West Side Story, that was difficult.

  • http://j ivanka

    i hate leukemia, it took away my aunt.. RIP rich

  • Chay

    RIP Rich. We love you and miss you!!!
    “When I met you, I said my name was Rich
    You looked like a girl from Abercrombie & Fitch.”

  • kroq

    I had such a big crush on him in 9th grade. RIP.

  • AutumnM

    Oh no! I Used to love LFO. This is so sad. RIP Rich

  • vanessa

    wow this is a shock.. i always thought he was the cutest one from the group

  • J

    So sad, too young to go. RIP.

  • lovelydee

    May he rest in peace.
    This is very sad.

  • Joanne

    aww. RIP Rich Cronin. I loved LFO back in the days

  • ms bar jolie gaga

    RIP. So young.

  • Sara

    ‘new kids on the block had a lot of hits chinese food makes me sick” Loved that song, takes me back.

    Rest in peace Rich. Your life and your music brought a smile to lots of peoples faces, including mine.

  • Bellac

    Wow! So sad. I loved ‘Summer Girls’ and ‘Girl on TV’ with Jennifer Love Hewitt, whom he used to date.

  • Dee

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea. I remember LFO and Rich was my favorite out of the 3 of them! RIP. It’s so sad

  • MissAnthropica

    Wow… 35 is just so young and too young to have to die this way.

    I am very sorry to say I all but forgot LFO as the years went by and my music interests changed as I matured and got older, but Summer Girls will always have some nice calming memories in my heart.

    Sort of like one song that fits a certain time in your life when you were younger and things were more simple.

    Apparently he had been sick since around 2005 and was in remission and continued to battle the disease.
    He started a charity it turns out after he fell ill with his name sake in it. Just though I would let people know that and put that out there. It’s what he would of wanted people to focus attention of the disease that took his life far too soon. Maybe one day not so far away…. deaths like this wont have to happen anymore from a disease like this anymore.

    R.I.P Rich<3

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  • MissAnthropica

    Another good one from Rich and Lfo
    Girl on TV ^.^

  • boston61

    He looks bloated from meds in this picture. He was gorgeous before he got sick. Stay away from Lance Bass he is a walking disease!

  • Porsche

    OMG! This is so sad! I was a huge LFO fan :(

  • J

    So sad to hear :( Rest in Peace..

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