LFO singer Rich Cronin's death sparks collective nostalgia
Yesterday, the death of LFO lead singer Rich Cronin dominated entertainment news coverage. His name, perhaps unfamiliar to younger people and forgotten by older ones, stayed a Google trending topic for the whole day. Cronin's death after a battle with leukemia is, of course, an extremely sad event, but it also offered a moment of collective '90s nostalgia. Listening to "Summer Girls," a song I used to listen to as an elementary school student, made me think of the time when boy bands ruled the world and when I used to argue the merits of the Backstreet Boys over *NSync (okay, I still do that.) After checking out YouTube comments on LFO songs and the comments section of Cronin tributes, my feeling isn't unique.
Cronin's death reminded me of all the musicians I loved in the '90s who fell victim to the transient nature of celebrity. Being reminded of "Summer Girls," with lines like "Fell deep in love, but now we ain't speaking/ Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton" was a nice return to childhood. I mean, would Justin Bieber ever put a "Family Ties" reference in a song?
The people over at Entertainment Weekly captured this nostalgic sentiment nicely in a tribute.
For adults who were kids and teens when LFO was still on the radio, here a few tweets from some celebrities of yesteryear.
Former MTV king Carson Daly via Twitter:
Very sad to hear about LFO's Rich Cronin. RIP. I hope this brings added awareness to friday's Stand Up 2 Cancer event. Prayers to his family
*NSync's Joey Fatone via Twitter:
My heart goes out to a great guy and his family, Rich you shall be missed R.I.P. Had great times on the road in Europe! Will never forget!
*NSync's Lance Bass via Twitter:
Sad sad day that Rich Cronin died- was a amazing guy. : (
Sarah Anne Hughes
| September 10, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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