After initially undergoing chemotherapy in 2005, Massachusetts native Cronin went into remission. However, a relapse a year later left him in need of a stem-cell transplant. “Neither my brother nor my sister was a match and they said, ‘Well, we’re going to have to go into the donor pool and it’s rare that you find a match.’ But thank God they did find me a perfect match,” Cronin told VH1 in 2007, while promoting reality series Mission: Man Band.
In the teen-pop friendly times of 1999, LFO scored two Top 10 hits, both of which were co-written by Cronin: “Summer Girls” and “Girl On TV.” The group eventually split in 2002 after sophomore album Life Is Good failed to repeat the success of their self-titled debut.
Here’s “Summer Girls,” with its famous lines “I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch” and “Chinese food makes me sick.”
The trio’s “The Girl On TV” vid starred Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Yesterday onetime *NSync member Chris Kirkpatrick—who starred on Mission: Man Band alongside Cronin—wrote on his Facebook page, “RIP to a great friend Rich c.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix notes that in 2006, Cronin told the publication the following: “I am truly thankful for the success I had. And if it happens again, that’d be really nice. I’m just that same guy writing pop songs to make people happy. And I still only like girls in Abercrombie & Fitch.”