Aaron Carter dies in Lancaster, Calif., authorities and family representatives say

Aaron Carter, a pop singer who had hits in the early 2000s and was the younger brother of a Backstreet Boy, died on Saturday, according to a statement from one of his reps.

Roger Paul’s statement does not list a cause of death. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said detectives were investigating a report Saturday of a “suspicious death” at Carter’s home in Lancaster, Calif.

Carter, who was battling addiction, said he had been five years sober earlier this year. He was the brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. The singer-turned-actor-turned-rapper was known for his early days The hits of the 2000s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq”.

He released his first solo album in Europe on December 1, 1997, six days before he turned 10. The album sold 1 million copies worldwide, a sign of his early rise to stardom.

Carter’s second album, released in 2000 and titled “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and its title track reached No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also known for “I Want Candy” from this album and “I’m All About You” from his 2001 album, “Oh Aaron”. His 2001 single “That’s How I Beat Shaq” included the titular NBA player in a video on the black court in a park and featured tweens dancing to the pop hit bubble gum.

He has made several television appearances, including appearing in a season one episode of “Lizzie McGuire” in a Christmas-themed episode titled “Here Comes Aaron Carter.” In 2001, Carter made her Broadway debut in the cast of the musical “Seussical.”

One of five siblings, Carter co-starred on the 2006 family reality show, “House of Carters.” The show followed the siblings as they moved in together and tried to work through their issues. It ended after one season of eight episodes.

In a statement Saturday, Paul said many people didn’t know how “soft” Carter was.

“He genuinely cared about others and the love he felt for those around him was immeasurable; so much so that we think it’s safe to say its transcendent timelines,” the statement read. “We can still feel his presence and his warmth around us.”

Carter is survived by her brother Nick and her sisters Angel Carter and Bobbie Jean Carter. He also has a toddler son named Prince, the Los Angeles Times reported last month. Her sister Leslie Carter died in 2012. Her father, Robert Gene Carter, died in 2017.

“We are still coming to terms with this sad reality,” his fiancée, Melanie Martin, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

Adam Grandmaison, host of the “No Jumper” podcast, said in a tweet that he heard the news of the singer’s death from a close friend. Carter had appeared on the podcast at least three times, most recently in an episode posted Wednesday.

“He was a good guy despite all the demons he was fighting,” Grandmaison wrote in a tweet. “I’m sad to see him go.”

In 2013, Carter filed for bankruptcy, the Tampa Bay Times reported, and a representative for the musician told the newspaper that a majority of his $2.2 million debt dated back to when he was underage and had no control. not his finances.

For years, Carter has been open about his mental health and addiction issues.

He has given interviews on the talk show “The Doctors” about his prescription drug addiction and breath addiction. In a 2019 interview on the show, Carter said he’s put himself on a “diet” to manage his job, cook his meals and outfit his home to start a family.

“So I can be strong,” he said of his plans in the interview. “I can say I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m back.”

In 2013, Carter was on his “After Party” tour, which he embarked on after a years-long hiatus from music to rejuvenate his career and release new songs.

Asked what it was like to perform in 2014, as he tried to reestablish himself on the pop scene, Carter told The Washington Post, “People are losing their minds. It’s just cool to show them that I’m still that guy.

Avi Selk contributed to this report.

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