Back­street Boys cre­ator dies in prison

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Lou Pearl­man, the pro­ducer who launched the hit 1990s boy band groups Back­street Boys and NSYNC, has died in prison while serv­ing a 25-year sen­tence for bilk­ing in­vestors of US$300 mil­lion.

The Fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons said the dis­graced busi­ness­man died on Au­gust 19, pro­vid­ing no other de­tails. He was 62.

In­spired by the suc­cess of the boy band New Kids on the Block, Pearl­man re­cruited a group of un­knowns to form the Back­street Boys, which soared to star­dom in 1996, be­com­ing one of the best-sell­ing boy bands of all-time. The group sold more than 130 mil­lion records, its web­site says. Some mem­bers of Pearl­man’s other bands, in­clud­ing Justin Tim­ber­lake of NSYNC and Brit­ney Spears, went on to achieve ma­jor star­dom with solo ca­reers.

But Pearl­man was con­victed in 2008 of fraud and cheat­ing in­vestors – in­clud­ing friends and fam­ily – out of more than $300 mil­lion through Ponzi and bank-fraud schemes that lasted two decades.

He had been serv­ing his sen­tence at the Fed­eral Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Texarkana, Texas.

Tim­ber­lake tweeted on Au­gust 21 that he hoped Pearl­man had “found some peace”.

Lance Bass, an­other for­mer NSYNC mem­ber, tweeted, “He might not have been a stand up busi­ness­man, but I wouldn’t be do­ing what I love to­day [with­out] his in­flu­ence. RIP Lou.”

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