According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the infamous Svengali behind ’90s boy bands *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys has died in prison.
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As CNN reports, 62-year-old Lou Pearlman passed away Friday at a Miami hospital following an illness.
I hope he found some peace. God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 21, 2016
Pearlman had been serving a 25-year sentence for orchestrating various Ponzi and bank schemes, crimes he was convicted of back in 2008. Before getting caught, Pearlman had managed to bilk investors out of $300 million before getting caught.
The cause of death was announced as an “ongoing cardiac problem,” according to Rolling Stone.
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) August 20, 2016
Mixed emotions right now, but RIP Lou Pearlman.
— Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) August 21, 2016
“He literally revolutionized the world of pop music,” said Mark NeJame, the lawyer who represented Pearlman for many years.
“[He] had a horrible dark side that eventually overshadowed his talents.”
#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
— KiD CaRTer (@aaroncarter) August 21, 2016