At the age of 47, Brian Gillis also known as Brian “Brizz” Gillis passed away on Wednesday. He was a co-founding member of the boy band LFO in the 1990s and became widely recognized for the band’s 1999 hit song “Summer Girls.”
Who Was Brian Gillis? His Career And LFO
In the year 1995, Brian Gillis, Fischetti, and Cronin established LFO in New Bedford, Massachusetts. LFO is an acronym that stands for “Lyte Funkie Ones.”The group’s pop-rap single “Summer Girls” became their biggest hit and was often referred to as “The Abercrombie & Fitch song” because of the popularity of the lyric “I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch.”
The song helped to propel the group’s 1999 album “LFO,” which also included the hit single “Girl on TV,” to position No. 21 on the Billboard 200. In the years that followed, the three musicians embarked on a tour, during which they served as the opening act for Britney Spears. Meanwhile, their inaugural album continued to make its way up the charts.
One of the group’s earliest hits was a cover of Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” while another was a cover of New Kids on the Block’s “Step By Step” from 1997. These two songs share a common release date of 1997.
However, Brian Gillis would leave the group two years later to pursue a solo career. Lima was promoted to his previous position, and after releasing their debut single “Summer Girls” in 1999, LFO went on to become one of the most popular boy bands of all time.
The controversial boy band manager and convicted fraudster Lou Pearlman, who passed away while serving time in prison in 2016, was the group’s manager. LFO disbanded in 2002, but Fischetti and Lima performed together again for a short time in 2017.
Brian Gillis is the third member of LFO to pass away; Rich Cronin, who was 36 years old when he died, passed away in 2010 after suffering a stroke while fighting leukemia, and Devin Lima, who was 41 years old when he passed away in 2018, from adrenal cancer.
Brad Fischetti Announces The Death Of Brian Gillis
An Instagram memorial post was made by LFO member Brad Fischetti, who was the first legitimate source to comment on the passing of the musician.
”Chapters are the building blocks of every narrative. Some of them come about on their own. Some require you to make mental distinctions between them. The story of the LFO’s first two chapters suffered a significant loss of a major character yesterday. The life of Brian Gillis has come to an end. I am not aware of any specifics, and even if I were, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss them.”
”I am having a very hard time coming to terms with this devastating loss. I have stated this fact in the past, and I intend to continue doing so: the LFO Narrative is a tragic tale. If you are familiar with what I’ve been up to, then you are aware that I’ve been attempting to shed some light on the situation. attempting to find meaning and salvation through adversity and hardship. Making an effort to live up to the heritage.”
He goes on to say, “My relationship with Brian Gillis was extremely complicated. There were times of tremendous suffering, but there were also times of great happiness. I picked up a lot of knowledge about how the music industry works as well as how to put on a performance that rocks from him. And it is on those positive elements of our relationship that I will lean in the here and now as well as in the foreseeable future.