Backstreet Boys and 'NSync Impresario Lou Pearlman Dies in Prison

Pearlman, a music producer said to who started the boy-band craze in the 90s, was serving 25 years for a massive Ponzi scheme.

Lou Pearlman poses outside his office's at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla. in 2007.
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Lou 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 reports that according to a federal inmate database, the 62-year-old Pearlman died Friday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Pearlman's $300 million Ponzi scheme through his Trans Continental companies was uncovered in 2006. He was convicted of fraud in 2008.

Hundreds of lawsuits were filed in the mogul's case, including one by the Backstreet Boys.

'NSync singer Lance Bass tweeted on Saturday "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."

Pearlman was born to Jewish parents in Flushing, New York. He credited his interest in the music industry to Art Garfunkel, his first cousin.