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Rich Cronin of the hit group LFO lost his battle with leukemia on Wednesday. Fellow members of the boy band genre posted condolences on Facebook and Twitter.
Band mate Brad Fischetti tweeted, "Thank you for all the kind messages. Devin [Lima] and I will miss our brother Rich. May he rest in peace with our Lord in Heaven. Please pray for his family."
Upon being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in March of 2005, Rich established the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation. Manager Melissa Holland confirmed the sad news, saying, the organization "regretfully and sadly announces the passing of our founder and hero, Rich Cronin. Rich passed away today after a long battle against leukemia. I promise to continue our mission to one day WIN the good fight. Life will not be the same."
LFO took the airwaves by storm with "Summer Girls" in 1999, followed by the hit "Girl on TV." After the dismembering of LFO, Rich went on to star alongside N*SYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, 98°'s Jeff Timmons, and Color Me Bad's Bryan Abrams on the VH1 reality show "Mission: Man Band."
Chris posted on his Facebook page, "RIP to a great friend, Rich C." Fellow N*SYNCer and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Lance Bass tweeted, "Sad, sad day that Rich Cronin died--was an amazing guy."
After going into remission in January of 2006, Rich's condition deteriorated in the summer of 2010. He died of a stroke on September 8, 2010 in a Massachusetts hospital at the age of 35.