Aaron Carter, a former child pop singer and younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He was 34 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN they responded to a call for help at Carter’s home in Lancaster, Calif., on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a deceased was found at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities have given no information on a possible cause of death.
Carter, who first found fame as a boy with pop songs like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.
The singer’s debut studio album, “Aaron Carter”, was released in 1997 and he opened for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. Her fifth and final studio album, “Love”, was released in 2018.
Carter was also known for his roles in television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on Disney Channel and “7th Heaven”, which debuted on The WB Television Network. He also appeared on his 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 coming out as bisexual.
“There is something I would like to say that I feel is important to me and my identity that has weighed on my chest for almost half my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “It does not shame me, just a weight and a burden that I have held on to for a long time and would like to get rid of myself.”
He went on to explain that around the age of 13, he “started to find boys and girls attractive.”
“There were years when I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17, after a few relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man who I was also attracted to. I worked with and grew up with.
The singer opened up in 2019 on an episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“It’s my reality,” Carter said, clutching a plastic bag containing several prescription bottles in a clip featured on the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana as he and his then-girlfriend, Madison Parker, drove through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he doesn’t drink and denied having a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need any help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I’m human and I make mistakes like every other human in this world, but I would never risk my life or my girlfriend’s life.”