08:29 PM EDT 04/17/2014
Originally posted 06/23/2008 04:00PM
Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough is mourning his father, Hoke, who died in his sleep, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 69.
Dorough's father, a longtime code enforcement supervisor in Orange County, Fla., had been diagnosed in March with lung and brain cancer. Howie, 34, and his bandmates previously canceled their South Africa concerts so the singer and his wife Leigh, 34, could be with his dad.
"Our family just wants to say thanks for all your prayers for my father, Hoke Dorough. His strong will helped him to fight cancer for the past three months. I was blessed to be able to spend the last month with him and create some memories that I will take with me forever," Howie said in a statement on behalf of his family.
Originally posted 12/11/2007 01:30PM
What better way to celebrate a wedding than with a passionate high five? That was Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough's theory when he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello.
After the pair was officially pronounced man and wife on Saturday, "They high-fived each other in church," says singer Deborah Gibson, a longtime friend of Dorough's who attended their Orlando nuptials. "They really are best friends and that came across throughout the whole ceremony."
Originally posted 08/07/2007 08:30AM
Their new single "Inconsolable" hits radio this month (hear it below), but it doesn't describe how the Backstreet Boys felt when Kevin Richardson told them during a conference call last year that he was sitting out their sixth album, due Oct. 30.
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