LFO Lead Singer Rich Cronin Dies After Battle with Leukemia

lfo-lead-singer-rich-cronin-dies-after-battle-with-leukemiaRich Cronin from the ’90s boy band LFO died today after a long battle with leukemia. He was 35.

Rich Cronin, who wrote LFO’s hit “Summer Girls” in 1999, suffered a stroke after a lengthy battle with leukemia, his brother said.

His friends have since reacted to the sad news. Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC wrote on his Facebook, “Rip to a great friend rich c.” Another former member of the band, Lance Bass, has taken it to his Twitter to express his sympathy, writing “Sad sad day that Rich Cronin died- was a amazing guy. : (”

Rich Cronin, who wrote LFO’s hit song “Summer Girl”, had battled acute myelogenous leukemia since 2005 and gone into remission several times. He started his own foundation called the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness about the deadly disease and the importance of donating blood and bone marrow.

In 2006, Cronin, looking back on his career, told EW, “I am truly thankful for the success I had. And if it happens again, that’d be really nice. I’m just that same guy writing pop songs to make people happy. And I still only like girls in Abercrombie & Fitch.”

The video for their follow-up, Girls on TV, featured Cronin’s then-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt.