Brad Fischetti is a man in mourning.
On Wednesday, Devin Lima, a singer with the former boy band LFO, died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was only 41 years old.
Prior to Lima's diagnosis just over a year ago, he and Fischetti were scheduled to go on tour, a plan that obviously had to be scrapped once Lima's discovered he was sick.
Several hours after news of Lima's death went public, Fischetti issued a statement of mourning.
"Devin, as the world knows him, was an extraordinary talent, a doting father to his six children, and a loving partner to their mother," Brad told E! News, adding in sad detail:
"He was a beloved son and brother and a friend to so many.
"On behalf of the LFO family, thank you for the tremendous outpouring of love from friends, family, fans, media, and those in the music industry."
Lima's passing, following his struggle with stage four adrenal cancer, came eight years after band mate Rich Cronin died at age 36 after battling leukemia.
Fischetti is the only member of this group still alive.
To conclude his statement to E!, Fischetti relayed the final conversation he had with his close friend and fellow musician.
"A few days before [Devin] passed away he said to me, 'Bro, when it's over, just tell them I disappeared.' My friends, Harold 'Devin' Lima has disappeared."
Such a tragedy.
In 2017, Fischetti and Lima had performed as an LFO duo, releasing the track "Perfect 10" and playing multiple shows together.
"We were in the midst of planning the 2nd and 3rd legs of the tour when Devin was diagnosed with a very large tumor in his abdomen," Fischetti explained on his website last year.
On Twitter, he then asked fans to pray "4 Devin please."
An endless array of these prayers were passed along in the difficult months since.
Lima joined LFO in the late 1990s, joining founding members Fischetti and Cronin.
The group became famous for singles such as "Summer Girls" and "Girls on TV."
Brian "Brizz" Gillis, a founding member of the group who left before Lima came on board, wrote the following on Facebook yesterday shortly after Lima's death became known:
"Lost for words!! God takes the great ones I guess. I am in awe!!!"
May Devin Lima rest in peace.
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