'NSync, Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman dies in prison

'NSync, Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman dies in prison

Not too long after he was convicted, Pearlman faced several heavy accusations-including molestation and sexual harassment-from aspiring artists.

Lou Pearlman poses with 'N Sync singers Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Justin Timberlake in 1996. No cause of death was provided. "RIP Lou", Bass wrote.

He became obsessed in the 80's with the enormous success of New Kids on the Block, and launched his own record company. "He might not have been a stand up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today wout [sic] his influence".

Pearlman, the music mogul behind popular pop sensations 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys, died while behind bars at age 62, according to WFTV-TV. Pearlman later repeated the formula with NSync.

However, Pearlman's business relationship disintegrated after the majority of groups he managed sued him in Federal Court for fraud and misrepresentation, with each group claiming that Pearlman pocketed most of the money his groups made. He then got them to invest in a phony travel businesses. Sensing arrest, Pearlman fled to Bali, where he was eventually caught in 2007.

The former producer and manager died Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, where he was held after pleading guilty in 2008 to charges that included conspiracy and money laundering. He was scheduled for release in 2029.

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