Remember that song “Summer Girls” by LFO that was really popular back in 1999? It was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart and one of the catchiest hits of the year. You know the song, the one we all loved to hate in public yet secretly sang along to in private?
Unfortunately, there’s a sad story here. The lead singer of the band, Rich Cronin, who also wrote the smash hit, lost his battle with leukemia Wednesday. According to his brother, Rich Cronin had a stroke in the hospital Wednesday afternoon and passed away shortly after.
Cronin, 35, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2005 and was actually in remission a couple of times. In order to raise awareness about leukemia and to encourage people to donate bone marrow, he established the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation.
Like many bands in their genre, LFO broke up in 2002. But then in 2009, LFO posted that they were back together on their official MySpace page. Later that year, they announced they were broken up again. Former boy band buddies Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass of ‘N Sync expressed their sadness over Cronin’s passing on Twitter. Bass Tweeted, “Sad sad day that Rich Cronin died- was a amazing guy. : (”
May Rich RIP.