Rich Cronin, the lead singer of LFO died on Wednesday from a stroke due to his long battle with leukemia. He was only 35 years old. Rich celebrated his 35th birthdaya little over a week earlier on August 30th. Originally, Cronin had been diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and had gone into remission on more than one occasion. However, if he had the chronic form of leukemia, it can’t be cured. At best, it can managed within five years. Because of his long term battle, the lead singer of LFO created the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise awareness about leukemia and to increase blood and bone marrow donation.
The lead singer of LFO was famous for the song “Summer Girls” which was released in 1999. Rich Cronin also wrote the song. Personally, their music wasn’t for me, but it’s terrible to see a young talented person die so painfully. Leukemia is a cancer that affects the blood or bone marrow where excess white blood cells (leukocytes) are produced. Normal bone marrow is replaced with these abnormal cells leading to a lack of platelets which hinders clotting but also suppresses the immune system leading to an inability to fight off disease. The causes are varied, but the treatment involves chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplants, or a combination of two or more.
Other celebrities mourned the death of Rich Cronin, and his foundation has received more attention since his death which will hopefully spur further interest and research towards curing leukemia, once and for all.