Saturday 18 January 2020

Pop stars pay tribute to Backstreet Boys founder Lou Pearlman

Lou Pearlman has died aged 62
Lou Pearlman has died aged 62
Boyband creator Lou Pearlman (AP)

Pop stars have paid tribute to Backstreet Boys and *NSync founder Lou Pearlman, who has died in prison aged 62 while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme.

*NSync singer Lance Bass wrote on Twitter: "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 wthout his influence. RIP Lou."

Aaron Carter, the singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys' star Nick, said: "#LouPearlman my old manager died in prison... Rip Lou not the best business guy really at all but he did discover me karma is real."

Ashley Parker Angel, who rose to fame in boyband O-Town after starring in Pearlman's TV show Making The Band, posted a picture of Pearlman with the group and the message: "Love him or hate him, Lou gave many of us our start. It's a shame he let greed get in his way."

Pearlman's 300 million dollar (£230 million) Ponzi scheme through his Trans Continental companies was uncovered in 2006

He fled to Indonesia but was captured by authorities in 2007 and was convicted of fraud in 2008 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Pearlman founded the Backstreet Boys in Florida in 1993, uniting five unknown singers - Carter, A. J. McLean, Howie D., Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell - who went on the become the best-selling boy band of all time.

He replicated his success when he founded *NSync in 1995, the band that would propel Justin Timberlake to global stardom.

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