LFO member was 47 – variety

Image Alliance through Getty Picture

Brian “Brizz” Gillis, one of many founders of ’90s boy band LFO, died Wednesday, sources near the singer confirmed variety. He was 47.

LFO member Brad Fischetti was the primary official supply to touch upon the loss of life in an Instagram tribute publish.

“Each story is made up of chapters. Some evolve naturally. Some issues it’s a must to minimize up in your thoughts. The primary two chapters of the LFO story misplaced a fundamental character yesterday. Brian “Brizz” Gillis has handed away. I’ve no particulars and it will not be my job to share them if I did. I’m actually struggling to course of this tragic loss. I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll maintain saying it; The LFO story is a tragedy. If you realize what I’ve performed, you realize I’m attempting to make clear the darkness. Looking for launch from ache and struggling. Making an attempt to honor the legacy.”

He continues, “My relationship with Brian was advanced. It contained moments of nice disappointment, but in addition nice pleasure. I discovered rather a lot from him concerning the music enterprise and learn how to put a present collectively and rock it. And it’s on these optimistic points of our relationship that I’ll draw on now and without end.”

Gillis, together with Fischetti and the late Wealthy Cronin, shaped the group in Massachusetts in 1995 and rose to fame with their pop-rap single “Summer season Women,” usually dubbed “The Abercrombie & Fitch” track due to its reputation and the track’s lyrics, “I.” like ladies who put on Abercrombie & Fitch”. The track helped propel her 1999 album LFO — which additionally included the hit single “Lady on TV” — to No. 21 on the Billboard 200.

The trio toured within the years that adopted, opening for Britney Spears as their debut continued to climb the charts. Gillis left the band within the late ’90s to pursue his personal profession and was changed by Devin Lima. They launched their second album Life Is Good in 2001, however broke up the next 12 months.

LFO ultimately reunited (minus Gillis), however broke up after Cronin died of a stroke in 2010 after a battle with leukemia. Fischetti and Lima reunited as a duo in 2017 earlier than Lima died a 12 months later. Founding member Fischetti continues to tour and carry out, carrying on the group’s legacy.

“I’m going out of that section and dropping it — it’s like dropping it yet again,” Fischetti mentioned variety the nostalgic Pop2000 tour. “It’s an unlucky honor to cherish the LFO legacy, and typically I feel, ‘There’s an excessive amount of ache. This LFO story is a tragedy. Put it down bro – there’s an excessive amount of heartbreak.’ However I consider in making one thing good out of one thing dangerous, and followers need that. They thank me for retaining Wealthy and Devin’s reminiscences alive, so it’s my mission to maintain them and the legacy of LFO alive honor and produce folks again to an easier time.”