Justin Timberlake has shared a message about Lou Pearlman’s death. The “Trolls” actor expressed his sympathy in a short message on Twitter.
Pearlman founded *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and O-Town, in addition to many other boy bands. However, he was later sued by several of those artists for fraud.
That wasn’t the end of Pearlman’s legal troubles though. As previously reported, the former music mogul died at age 62 while serving a 25-year prison sentence in Texarkana, Texas for a Ponzi scheme. He went to prison for using “falsified documents and statements to convince investors to put money into Trans Continental Airlines Services Inc. and Trans Continental Airlines Inc.,” according to USA Today. Neither company actually existed, but Pearlman had convinced investors to give the fake companies over $300 million. Pearlman was convicted of fraud in 2008.
Pearlman’s cause of death has not been announced. People reports that Pearlman had some health problems. He suffered a stroke in 2010 and was diabetic, but it isn’t clear if either issue was related to his cause of death.
A couple of Timberlake’s fellow *NSYNC alumni have also acknowledged Pearlman’s death. Chris Kirkpatrick said that he had “mixed feelings” about his former manager’s passing.
Lance Bass noted that Pearlman wasn’t the best man, but he launched Bass’ career in the entertainment industry. “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 wout his influence. RIP Lou,” Lance Bass wrote in an extended tweet.