Aaron Carter, singer, dead at 34



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Aaron Carter, the former child pop singer and older brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He is 34 years old.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN that they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California home on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a deceased person was found at the scene.

He was found dead in his bathtub, sources said.

Authorities have not released any information about the possible death.

Carter, who first found fame as a child with pop hits like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by her 11-month-old son, Prince.

The singer’s debut studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and he performed as an opener for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. Her fifth and final studio album, “Love,” was released in 2018.

Carter is also known for her roles in television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on the Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which debuted on The WB Television Network. She also appeared in her family’s reality series on E! Entertainment Television, “House of Carters.”

The singer received an outpouring of love and support from fans and other celebrities in 2017 after she came out as bisexual.

“There is something I want to say that I feel is important to myself and my identity that has been heavy on my chest for almost half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s just a weight and a burden that I’ve had for a long time that I want to lift.”

She then explained that at the age of 13 she “started finding boys and girls attractive”.

“There were a few years that I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17 years old, after several relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man for whom I had an attraction for whom I also worked and raised.”

The singer opened up in 2019 in an episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with various mental health issues, including multiple personality disorders, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.

“This is my reality,” Carter said as she held up a plastic bag of several prescription bottles in a clip shown on the event’s Facebook page.

In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana while he and his girlfriend Madison Parker were traveling through Habersham County.

The singer later said in an interview that he did not drink and denied that he had a drug problem, CNN previously reported.

“I don’t need help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I’m human and I make mistakes like every other human being in this world, but I would never risk my life or my girlfriend’s life.”

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