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File photo. Dreamstreet in New York City.

Just as Florida continues to open back up with Governor DeSantis announcing today that we’ll be moving to Phase 2 on Friday and it seems we’re making progress and life is slowly getting back to normal, we get word that a 90s teen idol has died resulting from complications from COVID-19 according to TMZ.

Chris Trousdale had local ties. The former Dreamstreet lead singer was born here in New Port Richey, according to his Wikipedia page. Trousdale was just 34. A statement posted today to his official Twitter asked for donations made in his memory go to the ASPCA.

The group’s name might not ring a bell. They had one minor hit with “It Happens Every Time.” Back during the TRL era with the Backstreet Boys and NSync, there were a dozen of lesser-known pop acts like Dreamstreet. One member of the group, Jesse McCartney, went on to solo success for a few years. He recently tried to revive his career by appearing on the Fox TV show “The Masked Singer.” McCartney ended up nearly winning the competition. Trousdale remained in the entertainment industry but didn’t quite attain the solo success that McCartney did. Today McCartney said Trousdale was the most talented in the group.

Only yesterday, Trousdale took part in the social media effort to fight racism by posting a black square to his Instagram. [Source: TMZ]

We found these images of the group from a performance nearly 20 years ago. Chris Trousdale is the one in the green shirt. Jesse McCartney is in white.


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