Joey McIntyre Boston Marathon: New Kids on Block Singer Tweets He's 'Okay'

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 08:39 AM

By Megan Anderle

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New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre had passed the finish line at the Boston Marathon just “minutes” before two blasts occurred, leaving three dead and more than 100 injured.

The '80s boy bander was among 27,000 other runners and thousands of spectators across the sprawling city, during one the nation's most popular race, where the tragedy occurred around 2:45 p.m.

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The two blasts from bombs occurred 15 seconds apart near the finish line at Copley Square, less than 100 yards apart. At least two other devices were dismantled, Boston Marathon organizers said.

Shortly after finding out about the explosions, McIntyre's fellow NKOTB bandmate and Boston native Donnie Wahlberg, sent out a desperate plea for help.

Minutes later, McIntyre let his followers know he was OK.

Moments before the blasts, the former pop star posted a photo of himself next to the finish line.

McIntyre was running in the 26-mile marathon to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and for his mother, who suffers from the disease, according to the New York Daily News.

"Survivor" and "Amazing Race" contestant Ethan Zohn and Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders also tweeted from the race to let fans know they were alright.

Three people were pronounced dead by Monday night, including an 8-year-old boy, officials said.  At least 144 people were being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition, according to CNN. 

Out of the scores who were injured, at least 10 people injured had limbs amputated, according to a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation.

Police said there is no suspect in custody.

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