LFO singer Rich Cronin dies following battle with leukemia

TMZ has reported that LFO singer Rich Cronin has passed away following a long leukemia battle on September 8th. The singer was just 35 years old. Cronin, hailed as “underrated” by MTV, fronted the nineties pop band who became famous after their hit song “Summer Girls” dominated the airwaves back in 1999.

Cronin, a native of Boston, formed LFO – which stood for “Lyte Funky Ones” – with his buddies Devin Lima and Brad Fischetti. “Summer Girls” was an instant hit, making it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and selling millions of copies. Their other famous song, “Girl on TV,” was written in honor of Jennifer Love Hewitt, of Party of Five. She also made an appearance in the song’s video.

After the fame of LFO began to fade, Cronin continued to write songs. MTV hailed him as a “killer songwriter.” Little known fact: Cronin penned the song “6 Minutes,” which was covered by the Jonas Brothers on their 2006 album.

In March of 2005, Cronin was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. His “I know cancer” moment inspired him to form the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation. Cronin entered remission in 2006, but this past summer his health began to fail. He passed away in a Massachusetts hospital following a stroke, according to his brother. His former band members and friends Tweeted about the death of their friend, thanking fans for their support and saying that they will “miss our brother Rich.” Friend Chris Kirkpatrick, of N*Sync, and his former band mate Lance Bass also took to social media to share their sadness following Cronin’s passing.

Acute myelogenous leukemia is a cancer that begins in the bone marrow, and develops rapidly (that’s what “acute” means). Symptoms of this cancer include bleeding gums, paleness, shortness of breath, weight loss, skin rashes, and bruising, and the majority of patients undergo chemotherapy. AML is one of the most commonly-diagnosed forms of leukemia in adults but is considered quite rare in people under the age of forty – typically, people are over the age of 65 when diagnosed. It is more common in men, and while it’s difficult to pinpoint the causes of AML, doctors believe that exposure to certain chemicals, including benzene, as well as genetic abnormalities, may be at fault.

People with certain blood disorders, including refractory anemia and exposure to radiation and chemicals (including chemicals found in common household cleaners) are at an increased risk of AML. In many cases, patients must receive a bone marrow transplant in order to survive.

To learn more about AML, visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website. To register to become a bone marrow donor, visit Be The Match.


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