BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Milli Vanilli's Fabrice Morvan mourned his former singing partner, Rob Pilatus, and lamented the lip-synching duo's quick ascension in the pop music world and even quicker fall.

``I am feeling tremendous pain and sorrow upon hearing the news of my friend and brother Rob. He will always be a part of me,'' Morvan said in a statement released Monday. ``I will deeply miss Rob forever.''

Pilatus, a former model who turned to drugs after Milli Vanilli was stripped of a 1989 best new artist Grammy Award, died alone in a German hotel room late Thursday, apparently after consuming alcohol and pills. He was 33.

German police said they found no evidence of suicide or violence.

``Milli Vanilli was not a disgrace,'' Morvan said. ``The only disgrace is how Rob died _ all alone, internally destroyed from the rapid rise then sudden fall. Where were the ones that pushed us to the top who made the millions?''

The duo won the Grammy after hits like ``Blame it on the Rain'' and ``All or Nothing.'' Then it was revealed that neither actually sang on Milli Vanilli records, which were the work of uncredited studio musicians.

They disbanded Milli Vanilli and re-formed as Rob and Fab in 1991 but had little commercial success. Morvan's new album, featuring a Caribbean reggae sound, is due out this spring.