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 shepherdfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Kingston Reporter from Sep. 11 to Sep. 18, 2010.