LFO singer Rich Cronin dies

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Rich Cronin, best known as a singer and songwriter for the late ’90s pop stars LFO (Lyte Funky Ones), died yesterday a long battle with cancer. The Kingston, Massachusetts native was 36.

Cronin, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2005, reportedly suffered a stroke and died in a hospital according to a report on TMZ.

Tributes have been pouring in on Cronin’s Facebook page. ” On behalf of the Cronin family and all at the Hope Foundation and Orange Freeze, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts,” wrote Cronin’s manager Melissa Holland. “Continue to post them as a tribute to a great man, a better artist and the best friend I could ever have.”

LFO, short for Lyte Funky Ones, exploded onto the music scene in 1999 with their self-titled debut album, which sold over 2.5 millions copies. The group, comprised of Cronin, Brad Fischetti and Devin Lima jumped on the wave of boy band popularity and opened for the likes of N’Sync and Backstreet Boys.

The group is best known for their massive hit “Summer Girls”, which Cronin penned about his summers on Cape Cod. The band’s follow-up hit “Girl on TV”, featured Cronin’s girlfriend at the time Jennifer Love Hewitt in the accompanying video for the song that was written about her.

After the release of their second-album, 2002’s Life is Good, the group parted ways. Cronin’s music career was sideline after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. He later established the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness for cancer treatment. Once the cancer went into remission, Cronin wrote songs for a variety of performers and first returned to singing with another cast of boy band favorites on the VH1 reality show “Mission: One Band.” In 2008, he released his first solo album, Billion Dollar Sound. Last summer, LFO reunited for a brief reunion tour.

In January, Cronin reported on his Twitter account that he was back doing what he loved. “Hey guys I’m just in Boston writing in the studio,” he wrote. “Hoping to make it all work!”

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