Rich Cronin, the lead signer and main songwriter for the pop group LFO has died. His life was cut extremely short when he lost his battle with leukemia, he sadly suffered a stroke as a result of his cancer and passed away on in the afternoon of Wendesday Sept. 8th.
So who was Rich Cronin? Here are 10 things about the man and his music.
Rich just celebrated his birthday back on August 30th, he had just turned thirty-five.
He grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts and went to the Catholic school Sacred Heart High School.
Rich wrote the mega hit Summer Girls which he wrote back in 1999. The single went platinum and sold over a million units.
The band didn’t stay together for long. They split up in 2002 so they could all do their own things.
He did his time on a reality show called Mission: Man Band, it followed the quest of members of boy bands’ trying to make it again, it also featured members from N Sync, 98 Degrees and Color Me Badd.
Rich did eventually release his own solo album in 2008 called Billion Dollar Sound.
His brother Mike also went into the music biz, he was the manager for the pop group O-Town.
The singer was diagnosed in March 2005 as having acute myelogenous leukemia after complaining of constant headaches. He was deemed to be in remission in January of 2006.
After his diagnosis and remission, he started the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to bring attention to the disease and to try to get people to donate blood and bone marrow.
Sadly, this past summer his condition came back and he was being treated in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On life, and his condition he once said, “What would you do if you wake tomorrow and all your gray skies have now turned blue? How many days do you think you’re given? Now get on livin’ – it’s up to you. LIFE IS GOOD, LIFE IS GREAT. LIFE IS UNBELIEVEABLE. LIFE IS HARD. LIFE IS CRUEL. LIFEI S SO BEAUTIFUL.” ~Rich Cronin”
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Also check out this vintage LFO video below.