Brian “Brizz” Gillis (1976–2023), co-founded boy band LFO 

Brian “Brizz” Gillis was a founding member of the boy band LFO, who had a hit in 1999 with “Summer Girls.” 

Brian “Brizz” Gillis’ legacy 

Gillis was one of three founding members of LFO (an acronym for Lyte Funkie Ones), a boy band originating from New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1995. LFO had early moderate success, including a cover of New Kids on the Block’s “Step By Step” and “Can’t Have You,” a remix of Yvonne Elliman’s disco hit “If I Can’t Have You.” Though the latter cracked the Billboard Hot 100, Gillis had grown restless with the band’s failure to make it big. While LFO’s original song “Summer Girls” eventually became a big hit in the summer of 1999, Gillis had already left the band earlier that year. Gillis is the third member of LFO to have died; he was preceded in death by founding member Rich Cronin (1974–2010) and Devin Lima (1977–2018), Gillis’ replacement after he left the band.  

Tributes to Brian “Brizz” Gillis 

Every story is made up of chapters. Some develop naturally. Some you have to cut up in your mind. The first two…

Posted by LFO on Thursday, March 30, 2023

so sad that yet another artist has passed. Brian “Brizz” Gillis was one of the original members of LFO and i worked with him a few times as a solo artist. He was funny, engaging, and just a nice guy. RiP

Posted by Brian Todd Barnette on Thursday, March 30, 2023

Full obituary: Variety 

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