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Music producer Lou Pearlman passed away in prison on Friday, and his sudden death is being met with conflicting emotions from former members of the boy bands he managed back in the mid-'90s and early 2000s. Lou was serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, TX, for a number of fraud charges, including money laundering, conspiracy, and bank schemes; in 2008, he was convicted of cheating various investors out of more than $300 million. In addition to managing *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, Lou Pearlman also oversaw the careers of O-Town, LFO, and Aaron Carter.
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A handful of Lou's former artists took to social media over the weekend to share thoughts about his passing. Justin Timberlake tweeted, "I hope he found some peace," while his fellow *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass remarked, "He might not have been a stand up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today [without] his influence." Messages also flooded in from the Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean, LFO's Brad Fischetti, Aaron Carter, and O-Town's Ashley Parker Angel and Jacob Underwood.
I hope he found some peace. God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 21, 2016
Mixed emotions right now, but RIP Lou Pearlman.— Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) August 21, 2016
Many emotions at the news of Lou's passing. Without Lou I wouldn't have met my four brothers or had the opportunity of a lifetime. RIP.— AJ McLean (@aj_mclean) August 21, 2016
Hard to describe what I'm feeling.. He was always nice to me, even when he was stealing from me. RIP. https://t.co/Elyg4EgGHH— Jacob Underwood (@JacobUnderwood7) August 21, 2016
God rest your soul Lou Pearlman— Brad Fischetti (@bradfischetti) August 21, 2016
#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