Tragedy has struck the world of music.
Aaron Carter, the former singer who went on to appear on multiple reality shows, was found dead Saturday morning at his home in Lancaster, California.
I was 34 years old.
According to TMZ, Carter’s body was discovered in a bathtub, and law enforcement officials told the celebrity gossip website that they received a 911 call about an individual who had drowned.
As part of standard procedure, homicide detectives were dispatched to the scene.
However, there is no evidence of foul play at the scene.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but unfortunately, Carter had a history of substance abuse.
Just three days before his death, police took Carter into custody after receiving a call about a driver cutting into traffic and possibly driving under the influence of alcohol.
As it turned out, Carter was NOT considered drunk driving at the time.
“When you do the right thing, you don’t get in trouble. Do the right thing, that’s what you do,” the artist wrote on social media after the incident.
About a month earlier, authorities showed up at Carter’s home to conduct a wellness check after fans worried he might have been doing drugs on Instagram Live.
Carter later said that it was all a joke and that police found no drugs or criminal activity when they arrived.
Carter rose to fame as a child star with hits like “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.”
He was also known for being the younger brother of Backstreet Boys Nick Carter; Aaron has also toured on occasion in the past with this beloved boy band.
However, as recently as last September, the singer revealed that he had “voluntarily” checked himself into an outpatient program at a rehabilitation center to try to regain custody of his 11-month-old son, Prince.
Carter said at the time that he was seeking help to control the “triggers” that made him want to smoke marijuana… and also admitted that he was taking Xanax as part of a “regulated medication” plan to keep him “clean from inhaling dust.”
Elsewhere throughout his career:
Carter appeared in Dancing with the Stars…the Broadway musical Seussical…the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks…and made numerous one-off performances.
In 2014, he released a single with rapper Pat SoLo, “Ooh Wee.”
Carter released the single, “Fool’s Gold”, on April 1, 2016; and an EP titled LøVë in February 2017.
His fifth studio album of the same name was released on February 16, 2018.
Before coming out as bisexual in 2017, Aaron dated stars like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan in his youth. He got engaged to model Melanie Martin in 2020 and they welcomed an 11-month-old baby boy named Prince last November.
“I am going to be a good father. I know,” he told People magazine in 2018, adding at the time:
“I want a lot of children, a lot of stability, a lot of happiness, laughter, learning and fun. It’s going to be good.
We send our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Aaron Carter.
May the star rest in peace.