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LFO singer Rich Cronin dead at 35

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Former U.S. boy band member Rich Cronin died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia, his family told TMZ. He was 35.

Cronin sang with the group Lyte Funkie Ones or LFO in the 1990s, and penned and sang their hit 1999 song "Summer Girls."

Cronin's brother, whose name was not reported, told TMZ the singer-songwriter suffered a stroke shortly before his death Wednesday afternoon.

Bandmate Brad Fischetti told CNN Cronin died in a Massachusetts hospital.

No other details were immediately reported.

CNN: Morgan to replace King

ATLANTA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- CNN says it has hired British television personality Piers Morgan to take over Larry King's prime time hour, starting in January.

King, 76, recently announced his plans to wrap up "Larry King Live," a program he began in 1985.

Morgan's as-yet-unnamed show will be "a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program," the cable news network said Wednesday.

"Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds," CNN-US President Jon Klein said. "He is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process."

Morgan is a 45-year-old former newspaper editor who served as judge on "Britain's Got Talent" and competed on the U.S. show "The Celebrity Apprentice." He also is part of the judges' panel for "America's Got Talent" and starred as host of "Piers Morgan's Life Stories."

Cyrus and son to star in Syfy show

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. singer, musician and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has signed on to develop and star in a reality series called "UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious," Syfy said.

The Syfy and NBC's Peacock Productions program will feature Cyrus and his 21-year-old son, Trace, investigating the conspiracy theories surrounding unexplained activity and paranormal phenomena. The project pairs the skeptical Cyrus with his conspiracy-theorist son, and together the two amateur sleuths journey to uncover hidden secrets and obtain untold firsthand accounts, the network said in a synopsis of the show.

"Our audience craves authentic, compelling and informative storytelling that pushes the boundaries of our normal world," Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming for Syfy and co-head of content for Universal Cable Productions, said in a statement Tuesday. "Allegations of coverup and conspiracy around unexplained phenomena have inspired heated debate for decades, and it will be interesting to see what truth Billy Ray and Trace may discover."

"We are thrilled to be working with Billy Ray and his son, Trace," added Sharon Scott, executive vice president for Peacock Productions. "They're a very passionate and talented father-and-son team and we can't wait to capture their adventures as they unfold."

"The existence of paranormal phenomena is something I've always wanted to explore further," noted Cyrus. "Getting the opportunity to take this adventure with my son, who has always had a keen interest in this area, is a dream come true. I hope this series can shine a light on some of the activities we have questioned, and the mysteries that have long inspired us."

Billy Ray Cyrus currently stars with his daughter Miley in the Disney Channel's hit comedy series "Hannah Montana."

'Gurls' tops summer hit chart

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Katy Perry's "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg tops Billboard's Songs of the Summer 2010 survey, it was announced Thursday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the chart is Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna, followed by B.o.B's "Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams at No. 3, Usher's "OMG" featuring Pitbull at No. 4 and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" featuring Bruno Mars at No. 6, Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" at No. 7, Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It" featuring Pitbull at No. 8, Drake's "Find Your Love" at No. 9 and Eminem's "Not Afraid" at No. 10.

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