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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 09/10/2010

LFO singer Rich Cronin's death sparks collective nostalgia

By Sarah Anne Hughes

Rich Cronin's death sparks collective nostalgia. (Reuters/Fred Prouser/Files)

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 familyless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

*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!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

*NSync's Lance Bass via Twitter:

Sad sad day that Rich Cronin died- was a amazing guy. : (less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | September 10, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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First off, blood cancers are evil and I'm sorry to hear that someone my age fell victim to one. However, since I didn't remember his music *at all*, I clicked on that youtube link. Thirty seconds in and I had to stop it, lest my ears start bleeding. That was some seriously B-A-D white-boy rap lite.

Posted by: northgs | September 10, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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