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FILE- In this June 27, 2007, file photo Lou Pearlman poses outside his office's at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla. Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme. The Orlando Sentinel reported that according to a federal inmate database, the 62-year-old Pearlman died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Former Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC producer dies in prison


Lou Pearlman, the man behind the 1990s boy bands *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, died in prison Friday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

The 62-year-old was serving a 25-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, after being convicted of running Ponzi and bank schemes, according to CNN. 

In 2008, Pearlman was convicted of swindling investors out of more than $300 million. 

Although his reputation as a businessman overshadowed his talent, many of those he worked with closely expressed their condolences on social media. 

Former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake tweeted saying he hoped Pearlman had "found some peace." 

Mark NeJame, who represented Pearlman in civil lawsuits told CNN, "He [Pearlman] literally revolutionized the world of pop music and [he was] a creative genius in that regard -- but [he] had a horrible dark side that eventually overshadowed his talents."

Two other former *NSYNC band members responded to Pearlman's death on Twitter. Chris Kirkpatrick said he had "mixed emotions" about the news. 

According to CNN, Pearlman helped launch the Backstreet Boys in 1996. 

Then, shortly after, the music producer brought *NSYNC into the spotlight. 

The official cause of Pearlman's death was not released. 

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