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Former Boybander Rich Cronin Passes Away At Age 35!

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So sad!

LFO singer Rich Cronin, above middle, passed away Wednesday after a long fight with leukemia.

He was just 35 years old!

Best known for his hits Summer Girls and Girl On TV, Cronin was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. He is said to have had a stroke on Wednesday, which he did not recover from.

Friends such as Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick first broke the news of the singer's tragic death on Facebook and Twitter.

Our condolences to Rich's family and friends!

His memory will not only live on in his music, though, but also in the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation he founded.

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58 comments to “Former Boybander Rich Cronin Passes Away At Age 35!”

  1. 1

    OMD! SO SAD!!! i was a big LFO fan. RIP!

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  3. 3

    SO sad… 35 is way too young. He was such a nice guy!! Also very talented! RIP!! My condolences to his family/loved ones!!

  4. 4

    Oh no. So sad to hear about someone so young lose a battle like this. RIP.

  5. 5

    …btw, your song will forever be immortalized on my iPod. :)

  6. 6

    But in all seriousness, how sad. He was so young.

  7. 7

    man i use to love him…so young too.

  8. 8

    SO SAD! At least he got to live a part of his dream in his lifetime

  9. 9

    This is really shocking news… Summer Girls was my favorite song back in 1999. RIP Rich.

  10. 10

    Thats soo sad. I used to have a crush on him. I still have a poster of him up in my room and I'm 25! I'm staring at it right now in disbelief

  11. 11

    Aww. I didn't know he was sick. R.I.P.

  12. 12

    omg. so sad. i was jus listening to Summer Girls earlier today =/

  13. 13

    may god be with him and his family/friends. i cannot imagine losing anyone to a disease that takes the lives of people so young and who have so much to live for. LIVE STRONG AND BE STRONG

  14. 14

    Oh that is so sad! They were a good group (Have the CD with those songs)

  15. Ooch says – reply to this


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  16. 16

    i was a huge fan of LFO back in the day! this is so sad, 35 is way too young to pass on. my thoughts are with his friends and family during this very sad time. RIP.

  17. 17

    when i met u i said my name was rich, u look liek a girl from abercrombie and fitch. r.i.p rich u will be missed soooo much

  18. 18

    It's nice to see people for the most part being so respectful about this. You don't have to be a fan of the music (I wasn't) to understand how hard Rich fought and how sad it is to pass away at such a young age. All the best to his friends, family and fans.

  19. 19

    "when i met you i said my name is Rich, you look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch". RIP Rich Cronin

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  21. 21

    Sad I had no idea he had Leukemia so sad. Summer Girs and Girl on TV were such classic bad songs…well on an up note maybe VH1 will take it off their worse songs list…sorry I know not the post to do it on, but the songs were pretty bad, but I'm sure he was a nice guy and no one deserves to die at 35 way to young. RIP

  22. 22

    that's actually really sad. i saw them in concert once when i was a little girl. strange, just last week i was singing summer girls in the shower. :( rest in peace rich.

  23. Zip says – reply to this


    I recall of his speaking about his heartbreak over Jennifer Love Hewitt, and people on this very web site, those whom were posting here, calling him names, and saying that he was not much of a man for feeling hurt over her abandoning him. I supported him over that issue, and felt that he was a nice guy, with an honest story. It is very sad to hear of his passing, as he was so very young, and had so much life to live. From his interviews, I always felt that he was a good soul, you could just see it in his eyes, and hear it in his smiling voice. Peace to him and his dear family!!! God Bless you all. He deserved so much more in life, so much better!!!

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    i'm not gonna lie, i still love that summer girls song. i met these guys once and they were all so sweet, but rich was just so charming and sweet and tried so hard to spend time talking to all of the fans that were there. it's really sad that he had to die at such a young age. rip, rich.

  26. 26

    RIP Rich You will be missed :(

  27. 27

    "leukemia" - yah, right. And Rock Hudson died of "Pnemonia" Good friends with Lance Bass - ahem

  28. 28

    i heard it was chinese food that made him sick…

  29. 29

    RIP. So sad..
    SCOTTSDALEDUDE shut up and have some respect you ignorant homophob!

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  31. 31

    Re: Not All The Same – Really dude? You're a moron. Vaccines don't cause leukemia. You can crow all day long about how they're bad now because you've had all your vaccines, but when your children all die of measles/mumps/rubella/smallpox/hepatitis/polio/diphtheria/tetanus AND/OR pertussis, you won't be all against them then! What a schmuck. Go get a job and an education and shut the hell up. Give this man some respect for the battle he courageously fought for five years.

  32. 32

    Re: sonicdahedgehog

    Are you a fucking idiot? Perez wrote who he was. And if you're too stupid to read that (or maybe you just have no heart) you can look him up by typing his name into Google. As much as I dislike Perez, it's people like you who make this a sad world.

  33. 33

    Re: sonicdahedgehog

    Oh and dude, all your comics and drawings are AWFUL.

  34. 34

    I never heard of the band but it's so sad that someone died so young.
    Gone too soon. :( rip

  35. 35

    Aw that just sux. I remember when he was a guest on Howard Stern last year and he was so damn entertaining on air, but you could tell he was a very very sick dude from what he was telling Howard

  36. 36

    "Summer Girls" is legendary. It was everywhere in 1999, it started an A+F fashion riot at schools across the globe, and pretty much everybody who was a kid/teen in 1999 will remember the hook for all eternity. It's one of those memories of the 1990s that probably won't go down in history books, but those are the best memories because they belong solely to the people who experienced the times. I've seen total strangers now in their 20s instantly bond over that song and how it made them remember being a kid in '99. It's horrible that he died at 35, but at least he first gave the world something like that.

  37. 37

    RIP! Prayers to his family.

  38. 38

    Omg this is so sad. I used to have their cassette tape back in the day and listened to them a lot. But i kinda lost track of them over the years. So i had no idea that Rich was even sick. I will keep him, his family and friends in my prayers. R.I.P. Rich we'll never forget you :)

  39. 39

    I had the pleasure of meeting Rich twice. He had a heart of gold and fought such a long and hard battle with Leukemia. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. He was taken from this world far too early. May he be at peace and no longer in any pain. RIP Rich. You will forever be missed.

  40. 40

    This is truly sad. He had just celebrated his 35th birthday last week with his family and friends. He seemed like such a humble person with a big heart and is no doubt in a better place now amongst the angels.

  41. 41

    Re: LadyDoom – are you really this stupid to think thatr chinese food cuses leukemia???????????????????????????

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  43. 43

    rip, u have created great music and may people remember u for that

  44. 44

    I like LFO song in the 90s and im saddened for the loss… and my crush is Brad Fischetti but I admire Rich Cronin's major contribution to the group..

  45. h8er says – reply to this


    OMG, i had a hugh crush on him a a teen. cnt beleive he has passed away.

    RIP Rich!!!!

  46. 46

    Re: ScottsdaleDude
    What a tool you are! Leukemia is an aggressive type of cancer. Anyone can get it, although some people are genetically predisposed. Its not a viral disease like HIV/AIDS therefore you can't catch it from other people. Stop hatin' on a dude who lost the battle with cancer a get a fucking clue!

    And to think he stroked out on top of all this. I wasn't a fan of their music, but this is a terrible way for anyone to die.

  47. Laury says – reply to this


    I didn't know LFO that much, but that is just too sad for words…. He was so young….

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  49. 49

    awww so sad :( r*i*p i have madd songs from them on my ipod

  50. 50

    Re: OpinionatedasFvck – The person was quoting the song Summer Girls. "New Kids On The block,had a bunch of hits/Chinese food makes me sick."

  51. 51

    RIP Rich
    Cancer Sucks!
    You can get hats saying FUCK CANCER! look up Jackie Farry!

  52. 52

    This is so sad. I know a lot of people hated on LFO but all three of the guys in that group were actually really talented. And to the idiots who are posting really disrespectful comments on here…GET A LIFE!!! This is a human being who bravely fought against a terrible disease. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. RIP Rich…xoxoxo

  53. 53

    That is so heartbreaking. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans!

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  55. 55

    This is just too sad, he was only 35! A nice guy who never married or had children, RIP

  56. 56

    Very sad. Everyone remembered them from '99 with their hit, "Summer Girls." May he rest in peace. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. He's in a better place now.

  57. 57

    RIP Rich…Everybody should youtube his interview with Howard Stern..it's a GREAT interview…talks all about his days with LFO with that pervert who managed them Ron Perlman…also he talks about dating Jennifer Love Hewitt and how she cheated on him. 35 is so young..very sad

  58. 58

    thats so sad. he was young & now he's gone left 2 soon