Chris Trousdale, Boy Band Idol With a Broadway Past, Dies at 34

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During the heyday of boy bands, Dream Street was created to become the next Backstreet Boys or ‘N Sync. Its five tweenage members, who sported baggy pants and frosted hair tips, bathed in the attention of their young fans for three years before breaking up in 2002.

Each member had an image. Chris Trousdale, a child actor who was scouted from Broadway, was considered the fashion plate of the group.

Mr. Trousdale died on June 2 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif. He was 34. His sister-in-law, Tracey Pask, said the cause was complications of the coronavirus.

On June 11, which would have been Mr. Trousdale’s 35th birthday, his former bandmates recorded a video of the group’s biggest hit, “It Happens Every Time,” in tribute to him.

Christopher Ryan Pask was born on June 11, 1985, in New Port Richey, Fla. His mother, Helena Pask, and his father, William Sakelson, owned a marina. After separating from Mr. Sakelson, Ms. Pask moved with her son to Dearborn, Mich., and in the early 1990s she married Wayne Trousdale, who worked for a trucking company. Christopher took his stepfather’s last name as his stage name.

He joined a touring company of “Les Misérables” at 8, and the family moved to New York City in 1998 to support his stage career, which also included roles in “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

He graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan in 2003.

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