LFO member Devin Lima has died after a battle with cancer, it has been confirmed.
The singer, whose real name was Harold Lima, was diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer in October 2017 and underwent surgery to have a tumour removed from his adrenal gland, and had one kidney removed. Lima died today (November 21). He was 41-years-old.
Lima’s mother Filomena confirmed his death to Us Weekly. “My son has passed away,” she said. “His fiancée was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”
LFO, also known as Lyte Funkie Ones, formed in Massachusetts in 1995. They were best known for their 1999 single ‘Summer Girls’, and other hits including ‘Girls On TV’ and ‘Every Other Time’. They split in 2002 but briefly reunited in 2009.
In 2010, Lima’s bandmate Rich Cronin died at the age of 36, following a battle with leukaemia. Last July, Lima and Brad Fischetti released the first song under the LFO name for 15 years in ‘Perfect 10’ and paid tribute to Cronin upon its release.
“We’re sincerely thankful and excited to have the opportunity to create new music and tour again,” Fischetti said at the time. “We miss the presence of our late great brother, bandmate Rich Cronin. We will do our best to make him proud, carry on his legacy, and to usher LFO into the future.”
Friends and fans have begun to pay tribute to Lima on social media. See some of the messages below.
Incredibly sad to hear the news of @DevinLima’s passing. My heart breaks for the entire @TheRealLFO family, but I’m thankful I was fortunate enough to meet him and witness the positivity that he spread to everyone around him #MuchLove #DontDelayDeliveringDopeness pic.twitter.com/YwKxUG56xQ
— D.R. Pena II (@RegularDonnie) November 21, 2018
— Chad Taylor (@ChadTaylorRadio) November 21, 2018
Sitting here in my car crying like a fool. I'm devastated to hear about LFO's Devin Lima. He was my idol and mentor. I learned so much from him vocally over the years. I feel so lucky to have interviewed him on the podcast. Rest easy, bro… #lfo
— Gavin Thomas (@gavinthomas2015) November 21, 2018
Heaven just got one of the best singers in the game. You inspired me and are a huge reason I am where I am. I know you’re writing a hit with with #Rich right now. You’ll be missed @devinlima ?? to your family during this time #GoneTooSoon #LFO #BestAdLibsByFar #ItsAFraternity
— Trevor Penick (@Trevorpenick24) November 21, 2018
What terrible news to wake up to learn. My friend @devinlima of @TheRealLFO has passed away from his long battle with cancer. My heart is broken ? My prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPDevin #DevinLima #LFO ??? pic.twitter.com/1jP5oMM4D7
— Chelle M Rappleyea (@chelles_world) November 21, 2018
Man, RIP to #devinlima ❤️?sending so much Strength and love to the family of @TheRealLFO Thank you guys for the classic music and memories that were generated! #girlontv #summergirls #CityOfAngels pic.twitter.com/ByrbRk2Pt7
— babichryz (@babichryz) November 21, 2018