Brian “Brizz” Gillis, who was a member of the popular pop-rap boy band LFO, passed away on March 29 at the age of 47.
The news was shared by his former bandmate Brad Fischetti, who didn’t provide any further details about Gillis’ death.
Gillis, alongside Fischetti and Rich Cronin, founded LFO in 1995, and the band achieved early success with covers of New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step” and the Bee Gees’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Gillis left the group in 1998, before their first album was released.
Fischetti praised Gillis for his hard work and dedication in the early days of the band, stating that without him, the LFO that people came to know and love may not have existed.
Fischetti’s Instagram post reads; “Every story is made up of chapters. Some develop naturally. Some you have to cut up in your mind. The first two chapters of the LFO story lost a main character yesterday. Brian ‘Brizz’ Gillis passed away. I don’t have details and it wouldn’t be my place to share them if I did.
“I am really struggling to process this tragic loss. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it; the LFO Story is a tragedy. If you know what I’ve been doing, you know I’m trying to bring light into the darkness. Trying find redemption in pain and suffering. Trying to honor the legacy.
“Today I honor my former bandmate and friend, Brizz. If you watched the LFO Story livestream or have seen the band and me play it live, you know what Brian meant to LFO. If it wasn’t for his hard work and dedication in the early days of LFO, the first two chapters, the LFO you came to know and (hopefully) love would not exist.
“My relationship with Brian was complex. It contained moments of great tribulation but also of great joy. I learned a lot from him about the business of music and how to put together and rock a show. And it’s those positive aspects of our relationship that I will lean on now and forever.
“I’ve prayed for Brian every day for many years. And I will continue to pray for him, for his beloved father, for his friends, his family, and those who loved him. Special prayers for Pistol Pete and Terry Edwards; two men who hold a special place in my heart and undoubtedly held a special place in Brian’s heart.
“I know that soon or maybe already, Brizz will be greeted by Rich and Devin. And I hope that together, they will make some sweet sounds. I would really like that.
“Rest east bro. Rest easy.”
His cause of death has not been shared.