TMZ has learned former LFO singer Rich Cronin suffered a stroke after a lengthy battle with leukemia and died in a hospital this afternoon. Cronin, who participated in the VH1 reality show ‘Mission: Man Band’ in 2007, was 35.
Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass told his Twitter followers (@LanceBass):
Sad sad day that Rich Cronin died- was a amazing guy. : (
Former LFO singer Rich Cronin visited Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show Wednesday, where he spent a lot of time talking about his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt. Cronin said that the ‘Ghost Whisperer’ star purchased him a Cartier ring and told him, “Listen, I want to marry you. We’re going to be together forever.”
But after learning the actress cheated on him with other guys, including Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, their 2-year romance came to a crashing end. “Jeff goes, ‘Hey, you and me have something in common… Jennifer Love Hewitt’,” recalled Cronin, who said Timmons also got a Cartier ring and a similar together forever line from J.Love. “I had always asked her about that. ‘Did you ever get with this guy?’ [And she was like,] ‘No, no, no.’ So when that happened, I was lost. This was two years ago. It was rough, man.” UsMagazine.com, who has Hewitt as their cover story this week, has more details.
Former LFO singer Rich Cronin checked in with his MySpace friends (@richcronin) on Wednesday (September 24) with the following bulletin about news ‘American Idol’ Clay Aiken has revealed he is gay:
Is gay!!! WTF!!! What a shocker!!! This gong to take a minute to set in!!! Wow!!! I mean it’s fine and respectable but he just does not seem like that guy!!! Sh**!!!
And did you hear ‘The Godfather’ won the Oscar???
This is crazy!!!
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September 24, 2008 – ‘Extra’ caught up with Simon Cowell to get a reaction to Clay Aiken’s People magazine cover, proclaiming publicly for the first time that he is indeed gay. “Wow, that’s a shock. It’s like being told Santa Clause isn’t real – unbelievable,” the ‘American Idol’ judge joked. Cowell added, “Good for him. If he said it, it’s the right thing for him. Good for him.” Asked if he had any advice for the ‘Idol’ season two runner-up, Simon responded, “Make a good record. He’s got a good voice… He’s on the front cover of People. He’s still popular.” Read more.
Rich Cronin tells the Boston Herald’s Inside Track he’s signed on to Match.com to find love. “There was a time when I could get any girl I wanted,” the former LFO singer said. “But I knew it was a false reality. I never felt ‘This is what I deserve’. I was aware I was a very lucky guy. I knew it was gonna be short-lived and I should enjoy it while I could.”
So now, after LFO’s 2003 split and an ugly breakup with his girlfriend, Cronin is turning to the internet. “I don’t go out anymore. I don’t go to clubs or bars or do anything,” he said. “A bunch of my friends have tried it and some of them have met some cool people, so I figured I’d give it a week or two.” The article at bostonherald.com has since been archived.
Former LFO singer Rich Cronin checked in with his MySpace friends (@richcronin) on Thursday (November 29) with the following bulletin: “I posted a song I did early this year called ‘Kenmore Square’. I did it with my production partner Joe Clapp and kind of forgot about it. It’s rough but the words are really important to me. The whole cancer thing has changed me so much and I can’t even begin to explain how different I see life. The song’s called ‘Kenmore Square’ because out side of my hospital rooms I could always see a section of the city called ‘Kenmore Square’, that’s where Fenway Park is and all the bars and clubs. I was always stuck in my room looking at it thinking about days when I had it all and had so much fun there at games or out with friends it was so odd to be in such a bad place staring at such a happy place and wondering if I would ever be well again. I am now and it’s been a slow journey but I never thought I would be here and it proves how life is so unknown. I’m grateful for my blessings and like how honest the lyrics are in this song. Check it out if you get a chance.”
Sureshot member Rich Cronin posted the following bulletin on his MySpace (@richcronin) on Saturday (September 15):
I just want to say hello to all my new friends on ONTD. I really love being a part of your world, and thank you for the many kind emails I’ve received. I was just informed that Katie Taylor aka (Ibentmywookie) was not on last night because she’s at her home on Whore Island. I guess there is no internet there!
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MTV News has more details on former LFO star Rich Cronin’s current battle with leukemia. The 29-year-old was diagnosed on March 28 with acute myelogenous leukemia. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults, according to the National Marrow Donor Program. Cronin is being treated at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center near his hometown of Boston. He went through his first round of chemotherapy last week and will soon find out whether or not he will make it into remission. “I’m praying every second that this will come out of me,” he said. Read more.
According to a posting at LiveDaily.com, former LFO star Rich Cronin has been admitted into the hospital and is being treated for a rare form of Leukemia. Additionally, DanasDirt.com reports, citing a friend of the band, that the singer is undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital in Boston. A posting by Andria of HotVibes.com said, “Actually my company Hot Vibes along with another local company A&C Promotions are in the beginning stages of putting together a benefit concert. The show will benefit the American Cancer Society in their search for a cure for cancer and all the money made will be donated to the organization under Rich Cronin’s name. It will be held in Boston because of his roots here and his dedication to music.” Read fan reaction at Cronin’s official website, RichCronin.com.