Brad Fischetti, the last living member of LFO, has broken his silence after the death of his bandmate Devin Lima.
"Harold & Devin Lima died early this morning after a brave battle against cancer," confirmed Fischetti, 43, in the emotional video posted on YouTube on Wednesday. "Many will miss it."
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"For me, he was a brother. For his six children, he was a father, for his mother, a wonderful companion, "the singer continued. "He was a son, a brother, a friend and loved by many. He was an extraordinary talent and a beautiful man. "
"I will miss him and I will honor him and I know that right now he is in the presence of greatness in the middle of heaven and he says to Jesus: 'Hey, be careful with my friends,'" he concluded. "That's where I find peace."
Below the video, in which the musician wears an LFO shirt and sits next to two pairs of Adidas shoes, which seem to belong to Lima and his other bandmate Rich Cronin, Fischetti thanked the fans for their support and conveyed a anecdote of Lima a few days before. his step
"On behalf of the LFO family, thank you for the tremendous outpouring of love from friends, family, fans, the media and the music industry," he wrote. "A few days before his death, he told me:" Brother, when it's over, just tell them I disappeared. "My friends: Harold" Devin Lima has disappeared. "
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Lima died Wednesday at 41 years of age, about 13 months after surgery to remove a tumor the size of a soccer ball caused by a stage four adrenal cancer.
At the time of the Lima surgery, Fischetti 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 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. "
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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. "
The death of Lima comes eight years after his bandmate Rich Cronin died of leukemia at age 36.
A year after his diagnosis, Cronin 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.
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After the success in the late 1990s, the band split up in 2002. But in 2009, they gathered 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 said that EW 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."