A brand new “Milli-Vanilli” documentary premiering on Paramount+ on Wednesday reveals the tragic influence a 1990 lip-synching scandal had on band member Rob Pilatus, the New York Put up (NYP) reported.
Pilatus had fallen a good distance after a lip-synching scandal tarnished the band’s fame and compelled the duo to return its 1990 Greatest New Artist Grammy, per NYP. Pilatus died in 1998 from a mixture of alcohol and prescription tablets 9 years after Milli-Vanilli topped the charts in 1989.
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Fab Morvan, a member of the duo, blames Pilatus’ demise at 32 on the backlash the band confronted after their producer, Frank Farian, uncovered the duo for not singing a single-note on their best-selling debut album in 1989, in accordance with NYP. (RELATED: Coolio’s Trigger Of Dying Revealed)
“There was bullying by everyone. However why so badly that you just killed somebody?” Morvan advised NYP. “They killed my dude. That’s what they did by the way in which they handled us. He died of a damaged coronary heart; he actually did.”
The documentary tells the story of how Morvan and Pilatus met in Munich, Germany, and have been wooed right into a contract by famed Boney M producer Farian, described because the “evil genius” behind Milli-Vanilli, NYP famous.
When the younger pair signed the contract, they didn’t learn the effective print indicating their voices wouldn’t be featured on “Woman You Know It’s True,” in accordance with NYP. As an alternative, Farian would have the duo lip-synch what the American duo Brad Howell and Charles Shaw sang.
“After I signed that paper, which means we are able to eat, we are able to pay our hire, we are able to purchase some clothes,” Morvan stated. “We didn’t know what was coming subsequent.”
When the scandal broke, it destroyed Pilatus, who sought refuge in medication, in the end dying of an overdose in 1998, per NYP.
“One thing in me died, and after that I didn’t care about something anymore,” Pilatus says in an audio interview within the doc, the outlet famous.