In Memoriam|

Photo: Brian “Brizz” Gillis | Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times | Brian “Brizz” Gillis, one of the founding members of the ’90s boy band LFO, died Wednesday. He was 48. Gillis’ former bandmate Brad Fischetti confirmed the news in an Instagram tribute post shared Thursday. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Gillis, along with Fischetti and the late Rich Cronin, founded the boy band LFO (Lyte Funky Ones), famous for the pop-rap hit “Summer Girls” in Massachusetts in 1995. By the late 1990s, all the kids knew the words and sang along when they heard the lyric “I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch, I’d take her if I had one wish.” In 1999, the single that made them famous hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart.

“Every story is made up of chapters. Some develop naturally. Some you have to cut up in your mind,” Fischetti captioned the photo of Gillis he shared on Instagram. “The first two chapters of the LFO story lost a main character yesterday. Brian ‘Brizz’ Gillis passed away.”

Fischetti, 47, told fans that he wasn’t aware of the details surrounding Gillis’ death, and that if he did know exactly what happened, it wouldn’t be his place to share the information with the public.

“I am really struggling to process this tragic loss,” he continued. “I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it; the LFO Story is a tragedy. If you know what I’ve been doing, you know I’m trying to bring light into the darkness. Trying [to] find redemption in pain and suffering. Trying to honor the legacy.”
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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Brizz, Rich and Brad with Danny Wood (By Kelly Craig)

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