Devin Lima, the lead singer of LFO, is dead at 41. Lima had been dealing with stage 4 cancer, according to a report from TMZ.com. Former LFO singer Rich Cronin had also passed away due to leukemia.
LFO planned to do a tour in the spring of 2018, but doctors discovered a football-sized tumor sitting on Devin’s adrenal gland and pushing against various organs, including his heart. They removed the tumor and discovered it was malignant, and it turned out to be stage 4 cancer.
The band have sold over 4 million records worldwide.
Devin Lima, an employee of a hardware store at the time, was chosen in place of Gillis. Devin decided that the group should discontinue being called Lyte Funkie Ones and use the name LFO exclusively instead. In the UK, however, they were unable to use the abbreviated name of LFO due to an IDM act on the Warp Records label, who had been using the name since 1988. Still signed with Trans Continental and now with Arista Records, LFO recorded some new material with Dow Brain, Brad Young and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, at Underground Studios second location, the basement of a 200+ year old house in Needham, Massachusetts. Wood had been a long-time friend of original member Brian Gillis. Among the songs LFO had recorded in an attempt to make a demo was a song called “Summer Girls”. It was produced by Dow Brain and Brad Young of Underground Productions. This song gave LFO their path to success. “Summer Girls” made its way to the Top 10, eventually reaching the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 100, and the number 1 position on the Billboard single sales chart. New York City radio station Z100 (WHTZ 100.3FM-MHZ), part of the Clear Channel network, also helped LFO’s popularity through frequent promotion and airings of the song “Summer Girls” before the song’s national Top 10 status.