This is just too devastating. Just one week after LFO member Devin Lima announced he underwent surgery to remove a massive tumor and his kidney, he has now learned that he has stage 4 adrenal cancer. The 40-year-old originally thought the growth he found a few week ago was benign, but a biopsy on the tumor revealed it to be cancerous.
LFO band mate Brad Fischetti shared the sad news about the "really rare, one-in-a-million" diagnosis in a YouTube update for fans on Oct. 30. "[Devin] asked me to send you his love and gratitude for all the love and prayers you guys have sent his way," said the front man. "He's had a tough recovery and a few really difficult days in the hospital. Thankfully he's home now resting and healing." Brad says Devin will soon begin chemotherapy, radiation, and "some kind of medication that he would take long term" to fight the disease.
"I wish we had better news to share," he continued. "It's devastating news but at the same time, there's nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima. No one has a stronger body, mind or soul. If anybody can defeat this, it's Devin. I know with your prayers and your thoughts and your positive energy coming down his way, there's no doubt that he will beat it."
Originally, Devin described the tumor as "covering my kidney, pushing up on my aorta," on YouTube. "I feel fine. I've cured a lot with just my mind but it's good to have checkups. I could have maybe spotted this earlier, but the pain only kicked in three weeks ago." It's crazy how quickly his illness has progressed.
In 2010, the boy band lost member Rich Cronin at the age of 36 to leukemia. “He was one of the funniest people on the planet,” Brad told EW at the time. “Nobody could tell a story like Rich. He used to say, ‘Never let a few facts get in the way of a good story.'”
He continued, "We really became soulmates. Devin and I both realized how much we loved him, despite the differences we had in the past… We reached a lot of different people. We’re realizing over the course of the last several years that a song like 'Summer Girls’ sort of defined summers for a lot of people when they were younger. We lived extraordinary lives and did extraordinary things." You're in our thoughts, Devin!