The sole remaining living member of LFO, Brad Fischetti, issued a moving statement honoring his late bandmate, Devin Lima, on Wednesday (Nov. 21), just hours after Lima died at age 41. “Harold ‘Devin’ Lima passed away this morning after a valiant battle with cancer,” a stricken Fischetti says in a video tribute in which he’s wearing a black LFO t-shirt. “He will be greatly missed by many. To me he was a brother, to his six kids he was a father, to their mother a wonderful partner. He was a son, a brother, a friend and beloved by so many. He was an extraordinary talent and a beautiful man.”
In the message accompanying the video, Fischetti shared the final words Lima said to him a few days before his death: “Bro, when it’s over, just tell them I disappeared.” Lima died following a yearlong struggle with stage 4 adrenal cancer. The Massachusetts-bred pop group’s third member, lead singer/songwriter Rich Cronin, died in 2010 at age 36 from leukemia.
In October of 2017, the group canceled a planned tour in the wake of new that Lima was diagnosed with cancer, with Lima revealing at the time that he had undergone surgery to remove a massive tumor from his abdomen. At the time, a spokesperson for the band said that the tumor surgery left Lima without his adrenal gland and one of his kidneys and while the tumor was entirely removed, there was concern that some cancer cells may still have been present.
The band best known for 1999’s “Summer Girls” was prepping a spring tour before the revelation about Lima’s surgery. Born Harold Lima in Boston on March 18, 1977, Lima had a sideline as an actor, appearing in Longshot (2001), American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) and All That (1994), as well as singing on LFO hits including “Girl on TV” and “Every Other Time.” He joined the group in 1999, replacing Brian “Brizz” Gillis after attending an open audition.
Watch Fischetti’s video tribute below.