PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Former LFO member Cronin dies at age 36

Former LFO member Cronin dies at age 36

NEW YORK -- Rich Cronin, whose band LFO sang the breezy summer hit ''Summer Girls'' that name-checked Abercrombie & Fitch, has died after struggling with health setbacks including leukemia and a stroke. He was 36.

Cronin -- who co-wrote ''Summer Girls,'' LFO's biggest hit -- died in a Boston hospital Wednesday, former bandmate Brad Fischetti said.

''Last summer, when we did our reunion tour, he was certainly having health problems, but he was cancer-free at that time,'' Fischetti said Thursday. ''I don't think it was cancer that took him yesterday, but certainly it all started with cancer.''

His manager, Melissa Holland, said he died of complications from the leukemia.

Britney Spears denies claims of harassment

LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears denied a bodyguard's accusations that she sexually harassed him and abused her children, saying Thursday in a statement on her website that authorities looked into his claims but found no reason to act.

The statement said the pop singer and her attorney expect Fernando Flores' sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress lawsuit to be dismissed.

Will and Jada's daughter makes record debut

NEW YORK -- Call her the Fresh Princess.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 9-year-old daughter, Willow Smith, is making her debut as a recording artist.

She has signed a deal with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.

Her first song was released this week. It's called ''Whip My Hair.''

Jay-Z says it's rare to find an artist with such talent and creativity at Willow's age.

Like her father, she's a double threat: Willow appeared in the movie ''I Am Legend.''