This is an interesting (and probably expected) reaction.
Lou Pearlman, the man who founded *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, LFO, O-Town, and a variety of other teenaged-pop groups in the 1990s and 2000s, has died. He was 62 years old.
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Pearlman, though, wasn’t just known for launching the careers of young men like Justin Timberlake.
He was also convicted of fraud, and sentenced to 25 years in prison back in 2008 after taking part in a massive $ 300 million Ponzi scheme.
The controversial music mogul’s cause of death was not revealed.
Upon hearing the news, the former teen charges that worked under Pearlman and achieved lasting fame and built their careers from the ground up, had mixed reactions.
Lance Bass, formerly of *NSYNC, shared his thoughts on Twitter (below):
Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away. He might not have been a stand up businessman , but I wouldn’t be doing what I love today wout his influence. RIP Lou
And other former artists under Pearlman’s care also tweeted their thoughts (below):
I hope he found some peace. God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 21, 2016
Love him or hate him, Lou gave many of us our start. It’s a shame he let greed get in his way. #RIP #LouPearlman pic.twitter.com/u91HAuflio
— Ashley Parker Angel (@ParkerAngel) August 21, 2016
#LouPearlman my old manager died in prison… Rip Lou not the best business guy really at all but he did discover me karma is real
— KiD CaRTer (@aaroncarter) August 21, 2016
Mixed emotions right now, but RIP Lou Pearlman.
— Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) August 21, 2016
Many emotions at the news of Lou’s passing. Without Lou I wouldn’t have met my four brothers or had the opportunity of a lifetime. RIP.
— AJ McLean (@skulleeroz) August 21, 2016
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Talk about mixed emotions, as Kirkpatrick says.
RIP, Mr. Pearlman.
[Image via WENN.]
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