Man Who Brought You 'NSync, Backstreet Boys Dies in Prison

Lou Pearlman ran a giant Ponzi scheme, in addition to the boy bands
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2016 9:13 AM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, Lou Pearlman poses outside his office's at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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(Newser) – The man who brought about the rise of the boy band—notably 'NSync, the Backstreet Boys, and O-Town—died Friday in prison, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Lou Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence for his role in a $300 million Ponzi scheme when he died of unknown causes at age 62. Pearlman was convicted in 2008, a year after he declared bankruptcy, and two years after his scheme unraveled. Tweeted Lance Bass of his death: "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." (Read more Lou Pearlman stories.)

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