For the second time in less than a decade, cancer has claimed the life of a member of a boyband LFO in the early 00s.
Devin Lima died Wednesday morning at age 41, TMZ reported, about 13 months after surgery to remove a tumor the size of a soccer ball caused by adrenal cancer in stage four. And in 2010, the band's founder, Rich Cronin, died of leukemia at age 36.
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At the time of surgery in Lima, the last living singer of "Summer Girls", Brad Fischetti, 43, told fans on YouTube that "the surgery was excellent." The tumor was the size of a soccer ball. But [the surgery] It was smooth, they did not have to extract some of the organs that they thought they would do. "
The clip shows the couple laughing together in the hospital.
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Lima, who was left without a shirt with a bandage around his neck, could not help but joke about his tumor the size of a soccer ball. "Tom Brady called and told me what was going to happen," Lima said.
"You have less a kidney, but you're still beautiful," Fischetti added. "Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and love. We're sorry here. "
"I love all my brothers and sisters," Lima added. "Peace."
The band revealed for the first time the battle for the health of Lima in an earlier YouTube video, explaining that they expected to announce the next stage of their Rich in Love tour, but that, instead, they had to postpone that announcement due to the "serious "Lima's health problems.
"I do not feel like it's some kind of cancer, I do not feel that way. [It’s] I just have to leave, "Lima said." The lesson is, it's great to be holistic and have a positive environment. I have healed myself only with my mind. But it's good to have checks. It is also good to have a doctor and perform controls throughout his life. Maybe I could have seen it before, but the pain only started three weeks ago. And I tried different things to let him go. It's time to go in. "
After the surgery, Fischetti also told the New York Post& # 39; S Page Six: "Devin's surgery went very well.The tumor was successfully removed.Your kidney and left adrenal gland were also removed as they were swallowed by the tumor the size of a soccer ball in your abdomen. Fortunately, the surgeons were able to save all of their other internal organs, the pathology report on the tumor should be in the next week. "
"We are very grateful for your thoughts and prayers," the band added on Instagram. "We are waiting for the pathology report, so continue to pray that the tumor is NOT cancer, thank you again for all your support, lots of love."
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Approximately 10 days after the surgery, Fischetti shared with fans that Lima was diagnosed with a "primary adrenal cancer, which means that it started in the adrenal gland, which is really rare."
He started: "Devin asked me to give you this update without him because, frankly, he does not feel very good, but he asked me to send you his love and gratitude for all the love and prayers you sent him. He had some really difficult days at the hospital, but fortunately he is now at home, resting and healing. "
Fischetti continued: "I wish we had better news to share, it's devastating news, but at the same time, I do not know anyone stronger than Devin Lima, nobody has a stronger body, mind or soul. I know that with your prayers and your thoughts and your positive energy coming down your path, there is no doubt that you will overcome it. "
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Cronin, on the other hand, shared less about his five years of battle. A year after being diagnosed, he counted. Entertainment Weekly, "I'm really grateful for the success I had. And if it happens again, it would be very nice. I'm the same guy who writes pop songs to make people happy. And I still only like girls in Abercrombie & Fitch, "a reference to the most famous line in" Summer Girls, "which Cronin wrote.
The band met for a reunion tour in 2009. Although Lima and Fischetti had to help Cronin dress up before the shows and, occasionally, take him to the stage, they told the magazine that it was more an honor than a nuisance. "I was so happy," Fischetti said in 2010. "We really became soulmates, and Devin and I realized how much we loved him, despite the differences we had in the past."
At the time of Cronin's death, the community of children gathered to celebrate his life. Chris Kirkpatrick of & # 39; NSYNC changed his Facebook profile to show the message "RIP to a great friend Rich C", and his bandmate Lance Bass also tweeted"The sad and sad day that Rich Cronin died was an incredible guy."