The man behind two of the most well-known boy bands in the world died last Friday, and now the AP has confirmed his cause of death. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner reports that Lou Pearlman died from an infection following surgery to get a heart valve replaced.
Following his death, some of Pearlman’s well-known former clients remembered their deceased manager, some confessing to having mixed emotions since Pearlman famously defrauded the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and more of his acts out of large sums of money.
“I hope he found some peace,” Justin Timberlake wrote. “God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.” Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick also shared their sentiments.
Pearlman was well-known for bringing together the members of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC in the ’90s under his music label Trans Continental Records. After gaining massive success, every act that Pearlman signed (with the sole exception of boy band US5) filed lawsuits against him alleging misrepresentation and fraud, noting that he was collecting exorbitant shares of each group’s profits.
In 2006, investigators uncovered a Ponzi scheme that Pearlman had run for nearly two decades, which defrauded investors out of about $300 million. Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, where he died on Friday.