Vocalist Brian “Brizz” Gillis—co-founder of the Massachusetts boy band LFO—has died. Gillis’s former bandmate Brad Fischetti introduced the information in an Instagram publish at the moment (March 30), and Selection additional confirmed Gillis’ demise, nonetheless the trigger has not been revealed. Gillis was 47 years outdated.
“The primary two chapters of the LFO story misplaced a essential character yesterday,” Fischetti wrote on Instagram. He continued: “Brian ‘Brizz’ Gillis handed away. I don’t have particulars and it wouldn’t be my place to share them if I did. I’m actually struggling to course of this tragic loss. I’ve stated it earlier than and I’ll proceed to say it; the LFO Story is a tragedy. If you realize what I’ve been doing, you realize I’m attempting to convey gentle into the darkness. Attempting discover redemption in ache and struggling. Attempting to honor the legacy.” You’ll find Fischetti’s full assertion beneath.
Gillis fashioned LFO (an acronym for “Lyte Funkie Ones”) alongside Fischetti and the late Wealthy Cronin in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1995. Their self-titled debut arrived in 1999; the 13-track LP included “Summer season Women,” which catapulted the trio to fame. The one scaled the charts whereas the music video went on heavy rotation at MTV. It’s the band’s defining observe, generally known as “The Abercrombie & Fitch” music because of the refrain line: “I like women that put on Abercrombie & Fitch.”
Gillis left LFO within the late ’90s and was changed by Devon Lima. The trio launched yet one more album in 2001 (Life Is Good) earlier than a 2002 hiatus. Wealthy Cronin died in 2010, following a short reunion with LFO in 2009. In 2017, Lima and Fischetti reunited for the LFO music “Good 10.” Lima died from most cancers the next 12 months.
In his Instagram assertion, Fischetti wrote: “My relationship with Brian was advanced. It contained moments of nice tribulation but in addition of nice pleasure. I discovered lots from him in regards to the enterprise of music and put collectively and rock a present. And it’s these constructive features of our relationship that I’ll lean on now and without end.”
He added: “I do know that quickly or perhaps already, Brizz shall be greeted by Wealthy and Devin. And I hope that collectively, they are going to make some candy sounds. I would like that.”
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