The music world is in mourning, as Devin Lima – one of the singers from 90’s sensation LFO – has died after a heartbreaking battle with cancer. He was just 41.
Devin Lima, one-third of the 90’s pop group LFO, has passed away. The 41-year-old singer died early Wednesday morning (Nov. 21), a family member told TMZ, after a yearlong battle with stage 4 cancer. LFO – Devin, Brad Fischetti, and Rich Cronin – was best known for the song “Summer Girls,” a track that reached No 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999. Sadly, this marks the second member of the band to die from cancer, as Rich died in 2010 after a long fight with leukemia.
Devin and Brad had reunited recently, and in July 2017, LFO released their first song in 15 years, “Perfect 10.” There were plans for a subsequent tour, but those were put on hold after doctors discovered a “football-sized” tumor on Devin’s adrenal gland, per TMZ. The mass was pushing up against various organs, including his heart, and had to be surgically removed. “Tom Brady called me up and said I’m going to pass that around,” Devin joked in a 2017 video taken after the operation, per HuffPost. Brad was there by his side. “You may have lost a kidney but you’re still beautiful,” he told Devin. Sadly, the tumor turned out to be malignant and was diagnosed as stage 4 cancer. He would continue to fight this disease, but sadly, it was not a fight he would win.
In addition to “Summer Girl,” LFO (initially called “Lyte Funkie Ones” before shortening it to LFO) found success with songs like “Girl on TV” and “Every Other Time.” During their time as a trio, they recorded and released two albums: the self-titled LFO and the sophomore release, 2001’s Life Is Good. The band split up in 2002 but attempted a reunion in 2009. After LFO’s first breakup, Devin attempted a solo career. In 2006, he recorded a cover of Sly & the Family Stone’s song, “If You Want Me To Stay” as part of the tribute album, Different Strokes by Different Folks, according to MTV News.
Devin formed a new band, The Cadbury Diesel, and the group released its debut album, Mozart Popart in July 2008. The “roll and roll feel” of the songs – with tracks like “Hanging’ With You” – was a departure from the pop spirit of the band that brought him success, but he never strayed too far from his LFO past. He and Brad Fischetti had a hip-hop project called The Xiles. In addition to a Christmas EP, they were reportedly working on a debut album, American Genie: Volume 1, in 2010.
Our thoughts are with Devin’s family, friends and fans during their time of loss.