One-Hit Wonders You May Not Know Are Dead
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Rob Pilatus - Milli Vanilli
Most people are familiar with the lip-synching scandal that brought down the luxuriously dreadlocked and shoulder pad-clad duo, Milli Vanilli. What you may not know, is that in the aftermath of their breakup, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan took very different paths. Though they tried to maintain their partnership with their brief and disastrous stint as Rob & Fab, they eventually parted ways.
Morvan struggled to piece together a solo career, which according to his interview with The Huffington Post, led him to the European electronic music scene as well as an unlikely gig as a spokesperson for KFC. Pilatus did not fare so well. In the immediate aftermath of the scandal, he spoke out bitterly against the backlash Milli Vanilli received and laid the blame at producer Frank Farian's feet. Pilatus told the Los Angeles Times, "Our producer tricked us. We signed contracts as singers but were never allowed to contribute. It was a nightmare. We were living a lie. The psychological pressure was very hard. It was like we were trapped in some golden prison." The ensuing years were hard for Pilatus, who reportedly got involved in criminal activity, attempted suicide multiple times, and fell into drug use before landing in rehab.
In 1997, things seemed to be turning around. Rob and Fab actually gave Farian another chance, and they all collaborated on a new Milli Vanilli album called Back and in Attack, with the guys actually singing this time. That album was never released because while they were prepping for its promotional tour in Germany, Pilatus died on April 2, 1998 of an alleged accidental overdose of alcohol and pills. He was 33.