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R.I.P. Rich Cronin of LFO

Posted by Sarah Rodman  September 9, 2010 12:29 PM

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Sad news, Kingston-native and LFO singer Rich Cronin passed away yesterday, succumbing to complications from the treatment of leukemia. He was 36.

Cronin, an upbeat guy despite his diagnosis, became a passionate voice in the fight against the disease, starting his own charitable foundation.

You can check out a Globe profile on Cronin from 2005 here.

Here's a clip of LFO in their original glory, extolling the virtues of "Summer Girls":

 

 

And the "Girl on TV":

 

And here's a bit of his VH1 series "Mission: Man Band" in which he teamed up with Chris Kirkpatrick of N Sync, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, and Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd. The show was hit or miss, mostly due to Abrams, but Cronin was always endearing whether discussing his treatment or sharing boy band war stories as he does here.

 

Check out tomorrow's Globe for a full obituary.

Our sincere condolences go out to Cronin's friends and family on their loss.

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