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Devin Lima, LFO Singer, Dies at 41

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Musician Devin Lima arrives at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Devin Lima, a singer for the 1990s boy band LFO, has died after a yearlong battle with cancer, LFO’s publicist, Alaina Bendi, confirmed. The pop star was 41. READ MORE

It’s strange how the news of this celebrity death affected me, since I wasn’t a particular fan of his. Although I won’t deny that I liked some of the songs of The Backstreet Boys and N’Sync at the time, I just wasn’t really into that whole “Boy Band craze” of the late nineties. I remember LFO from that one big hit, SUMMER GIRLS, which was ubiquitous on the radio and TV in 1999, but they were part of the lower-tier of Boy Bands, along with 98 Degrees, peaking in America right as the craze was ending.

So when I initially saw this news, I read it with mild curiosity, struck by him being so relatively young and how random cancer is. But what really stood out to me was this line: In September 2010, former bandmate Rich Cronin died from leukemia at age 35.

Well, damn, that’s really fucked up. And talk about random. Out of a three-person teen singing group, two of them die of some form of cancer by age 41?!? It just feels so tragic. Two men who at one point seemed to be on the verge of musical superstardom end up having their lives cut short by this horrible disease. Such a shame. I feel bad for them and their loved ones.

Make the most of your lives, people. Because none of us know how much time we really have.


Rich Cronin, Devin Lima and Brad Fischetti of LFO in 2001

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