Richard B. Cronin
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Richard Burton Cronin, of Kingston, former lead singer and primary songwriter for the multi platinum selling pop group LFO, died Wednesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston from complications from graft-versus-host disease, which arose while enduring a five-year battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Rich was 36. Born in West Roxbury, Mr. Cronin grew up in Kingston before moving to central Florida to pursue his music career after being signed to a record deal with BMG-Arista Records. Mr. Cronin's group LFO went on to have three top 10 hits, with its most popular song "Summer Girls" reaching No. 1. In addition to performing, Mr. Cronin's other great passion was writing and producing, which he did for his own group as well as many other well know artists. In 2005, Mr. Cronin, shortly after complaining of excessive fatigue, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Mr. Cronin's cancer would go into remission a few months later but he would relapse almost a year-to-date after, forcing Mr. Cronin to undergo a stem cell transplant. Although his cancer would again go into remission, Mr. Cronin later suffered a stroke due to complications from medicine he was taking to offset GVH (Graph verse Host Disease), which he had been struggling with since the transplant. Mr. Cronin is survived by his parents, Richard and Doris (Eddy) of Kingston; his brother, Michael of Kingston; his sister, Cassandra of Plymouth; his aunt and uncle, John and Cornelia Noonan of West Roxbury; and his cousins, Katie, Jack and Patrick, all of West Roxbury. Funeral services were held Sept. 13. Arrangements were made by Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St., Kingston. Donations can be made in Richards name to the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation, c/o Eastern Bank, 108 Main St., Kingston, MA 02364. To view and sign online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Kingston Reporter from Sep. 11 to Sep. 18, 2010.
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December 9, 2017
Hi my is lisa Marie wrouble and I am a huge fan of LFO'S and Rich has always been my favorite since day one it breaks my heart that he isn't here anymore I miss him everyday of my life he will alway's have a special place in my heart forever rich was loving ,caring, and loved his Fan's more then anything until we meet again Rich Cronin aka RICH NICE
Lisa Wrouble
September 14, 2017
So thankful that I can still listen to your music, Rich. It's brought me through some things! Love always & blessings to your family & friends.
Kelly E
July 25, 2017
Rich -- you are missed!!! ❤
Linda Dominguez
July 23, 2017
Claire Lou
July 16, 2017
Listened to you a few days ago on a Howard Stern repeat. Possibly the funniest, most entertaining thing I've ever heard. You have the best personality. I'm so upset I wasn't a fan while you were here. Hope to meet you on the other side.
February 25, 2017
I listened to Rich live on the HS show. The interview was excellent. I bought his new album that day and listened to it a lot. Recently, I've been wanting to listen to his song "Story of my life" over and over. This is a solid seven years later!! I was very saddened to learn of his passing. He had a real gift. My deepest sympathies to his family and true friends. What a tragedy. Imagine how many lives he could have touched had he not been taken too soon. Actually, he continues to do just that from beyond. The fact that he passed in 2010 and people are still coming here to thank him says it all.
M. Litchfield
February 13, 2017
Never heard of Rich until tonight, when I listened to his Howard Stern interview. I have never felt so sad about another human being dying that I had never heard of.

What an amazing person. Great interview. At least people can enjoy that and your music forever. Sorry to his family. I am crying right now and cannot believe it. Rich is missed by me already, after less than a day.
September 7, 2016
Seemed to be a genuine great guy. Can't wait to meet you in heaven. Until then, rest peacefully my friend.
June 19, 2016
LFO was the greatest boy band during my teen yrs and I always loved Rich Cronin. When I heard about his passing even though it's been now 6yrs later I still can't get over the loss of him. My condolences are with his family always and his old band mates as well. I'm currently 30yrs old and going through some health issues of my own now too. Right now I can't seem to stop listening to his song "story of my life" as well as "Impossible " I feel right now it seems to fit my life at the moment for some reason. Of course I still to this day listen to LFO as well a lot these days. May you rest in peace ALWAYS Rich!!! Much love
Kimmy Reed
April 9, 2016
Rich I loved your music I was shocked to hear of your illness then passing RIP Big Man always remembered
Steve Gould
March 20, 2016
Just thinking of Rich just now and decided to google him and came across this page.
I'll never forget him. I listened to an interview he did years ago and I could just tell he was such a sweet soul. We lost a good man but Heaven gained someone very special. We love and miss him. He put a touch of magic into my childhood because of his unique talent and I thank him. God Bless~+
December 30, 2015
Billion Dollar Sound is one of my favourite albums. Whenever I listen to it I feel very bittersweet knowing that Rich is gone and can't make more music for the world to enjoy. Miss you Rich.
January 29, 2015
We were just discussing Rich and "Summer Girls" and how much we love that song. Thank you for your musical contributions to our youth.

Rest in peace Rich
Pat, Lori, Andie Mountain
January 17, 2015
Wow, saw you guys when I was in Florida at the house of blues. Thought lets see what lfo is up hear rich passed away is awful and sad. Gone to soon.
kellie b
November 6, 2014
I saw you perform when I was young and it was amazing. You were amazing. Please rest in peace. You will always be missed.
November 1, 2014
The world misses you Rich...
September 25, 2014
I was playing Summer Girls on my iPhone and I decided to look up LFO to see what they guys have been up to and I come to see that Rich passed away 4 years ago..I'm heartbroken that I am just now finding this out. I know this is 4 years too late but my heart and prayers are with your family. <3
Kara H.
August 17, 2014
Sending all my love to you. May you rest in peace. We will never forget you and the impact you had on us. Especially the way you made us feel. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!
August 15, 2014
I miss your face, but most of all I miss your voice...
Angel'dez Montanez
August 15, 2014
I remember how cute you were, and how I smiled when I heared your songs. It's a big shame I never got to see you in person before you had to go. I'm thinkin in you always, see you in Heaven soon....
Angel'dez Montanez
July 24, 2014
Miss you Rich. I heard "Summer GIrls" this morning as soon as I got into the office and a smile came upon my face. Thought of you right away and your stunning smile. There's not a day that goes by where I don't miss and think of you. When I had heard the news of your passing I broke down and couldn't stop crying :(; Gone way too soon. You had such incredible, natural talent. Hope you are ok wherever you are and are looking down with pride on everyone. Huge respect, love always. R.I.P. sweetheart Xoxoxo Kimberly Fried (Montreal, QC)
May 22, 2014
We miss you Rich, we miss your music and LFO :(
April 10, 2014
love and miss you rich
Icy Spencer
April 2, 2014
I was floored when i heard u passed. im sorry ur life was taken in such a cruel way
I was so crazy about u
U were an amazing person and u had a true talent for rapping and singing. the world lost u too soon and i say a prayer for u evry night i hope ur sitting on a big white cloud lookin at s better place.
R.i.p sweetheart xx
aoife kally
March 5, 2014
You had a kid all the way in Kenya singing about Abercrombie and Fitch waaaay before he knew what that meant.Thank you very much for your songs and what they meant to me.
Laban Karanja
February 1, 2014
R.I.P Rich ... Gone too soon ...
November 13, 2013
RIP Rich. Your music has gotten me through some very hard times.. Would have been an honor to meet you. Rest easy...
Erin LaSpada
September 16, 2013
So sad...beautiful and talented. Gone to soon x r.i.p rich
September 16, 2013
So sad...beautiful and talented. Gone to soon x r.i.p rich
emma p
September 8, 2013
I can't believe it's been three years. Love forever.
September 3, 2013
Still brings tears to my eyes
Nalini Singh
August 28, 2013
The most special person I have ever met in my life. The most influential person I ever spoke to. I love you. I miss you. You truly where a candle in a dark world. The world needs you and your music now more then ever.
Sn Bk
August 28, 2013
We miss you and your incredible talent Rich. I'm sure you are singing with the angels in heaven. RIP <3 xoxo
July 28, 2013
U r my hero rich I live everyday to the fullest because of you..
doug hendrickson
May 16, 2013
My boo forever love you rich
lisa jackson
April 13, 2013
Rich you are always in my thoughts & prayers. There's never a day that goes by that I don't think about you. I hope you are resting comfortably & are ok. Please take care & keep Corey safe for me :) Your music will always be a part of my life. Miss you so much xoxo
Kimberly Fried
February 20, 2013
RIP handsome you gone far too soon xx Laura, Glasgow Scotland
Laura Sloan
January 2, 2013
I just want to say how sorry I am to hear Rich has passed.He truly was a remarkable talented person and a great singer and songwriter and he will be missed. R.I.P. Rich <3
Abby Norris
September 7, 2012
miss you rich thanks for being facebook and twitter friends with me and joey stadik we will miss you
dawn tyrrell
August 24, 2012
Love your voice and music. Just purchased "Billion Dollar Sound" and love teh entire album. I was lucky enough to see you in concert one time in 2001, I think.
Such a great person. Such a wonderful legacy. God bless.
Kevin Kowalski
May 12, 2012
R.I.P to a great singer xx
ayshea naif
March 3, 2012
May you rest in peace, Rich. You are now singing in heaven with the angels. Take care.
Maria C
February 26, 2012
Hey Rich, I will keep listening to "Every Other Time". You have a terrific voice and fun lyrics. I picked up your CD back in 2001 and transferred all my discs to i-tunes in 2009. I never knew what happened to LFO, but I knew that your sound was right. Today I just read up on the news and wish that I would have seen you here on earth. Thank you for the gift of music!
Richard McDaniel
October 14, 2011
R.I.P. Love you and your talent. I remember I bought Summer Girls single and played it a million times.
I am heartboken over you leaving this planet. May your next journey in life lead to a bigger thing. You are beautiful!! I can never stop looking at a photo of you!
Deborah Dube
July 9, 2011
I regret never getting a chance to see you live. I love all your new music along with the classic lfo albums. I hope someday, somehow, i will get to see you. Dispite what you said on Howard Stern about no girl staying by your side during the chemo process, you're wrong. I would have. Miss you always.
Donna Lam
June 1, 2011
u will be missed. i cant believe your gone. but i know that someday i will get to see you in heaven. you were a great guy and a very talented guy. i love you and you will be totally missed
ashley baker
April 1, 2011
It's like a story all too familiar. The lives of many young, great, and talented people taken way before their time. It just seems so unfair... I know I never knew him but just reading through his struggle has truely been an inspiration for me to keep moving forward no matter what. Thank you for making the impossible possible again. You have saved a life and not a moment too soon. My deepest sympathies to the Cronin family. RIP Rich. You'll forever be in my heart.
Christina Heard
March 22, 2011
Words cannot express how saddened I am that Rich is gone. I fell in love with his music that inspires me daily. I wish I would have gotten to meet him or see him in concert. I choose to live by his example that "it only gets better". I wish his family the best. I know he is still singing in a better place.
Molly Simer
January 25, 2011
I first heard your music on a trip to the States many years ago. It will always remind me a great time there. So sad to hear that you are no longer a part of Family Earth. Love to all your family and friends. Irene Soulsby, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Irene Soulsby
January 17, 2011
I only found out yesterday that Rich passed away as i live in london and it wasnt until i was showing a friend of mine a lfo video on youtube that i realised.
I never met Rich but i was a fan of his music and from time to time i still put on the albums.
Im so upset ive been watching videos and interviews on youtube and he was such a cool guy and really funny, he seemed like a real kind hearted person, i wish i had met him.
Im so sorry for your loss, all us fans will never forget him x
bianca green
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