NEW YORK (AP) — The day after 34-year-old singer Aaron Carter was found dead At his home in Southern California, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter remembered his younger brother, saying that despite “a complicated relationship”, her love for him “never faded”.
In a Sunday Instagram post Along with photos of the two over the years, Nick Carter said his heart was broken after the death of the youngest of five Carter siblings, whom he called his “little brother”.
“My heart was broken today,” Carter wrote. “Even though my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never faded. I always held out hope that he would one day, somehow, follow a healthy path and finally finding the help he desperately needed.
Deputies responded around 11 a.m. Saturday following reports of a medical emergency at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California. Authorities said a housekeeper found a man in the home’s bathtub and resuscitation efforts failed.
Carter had struggled with substance abuse and mental health. In 2017, he went through rehab and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges. In 2019, Carter said on an episode of “The Doctors” talk show that he was taking medication for acute anxiety, manic depression and multiple personality disorder. That same year, Nick and Angel, Aaron’s twin sister, said they filed a restraining order against Aaron.
In September, Carter said he went to rehab for the fifth time hoping to regain custody of his young son, Prince, with his fiancée Melanie Martin. At the time, Prince was in the court-ordered custody of Martin’s mother.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss. But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real bad guys here,” Nick Carter wrote in the post. “I will miss my brother more than anyone. will never know. I love you Chizz, now you finally have the chance to have a peace that you could never find here on earth. God, please take care of my little brother.
In 2012, their sister, Leslie Carter, died after falling in the shower in 2012 at the age of 25. Authorities said she suffered an overdose of prescription drugs. Carter once said he felt his family partly blamed him for her death.
Carter, a singer, rapper and actor, opened for the Backstreet Boys tour in 1997, the same year his self-titled, gold-selling debut album was released. He achieved triple platinum status with his second album, 2000’s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, which produced hit singles including the title track and “I Want Candy”.
Carter’s acting credits included the TV show “Lizzie McGuire” and an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.” He starred alongside his brother, Nick, and their siblings BJ, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! unscripted series “House of Carters” in 2006.
Hilary Duff, who starred in “Lizzie McGuire,” recalled Carter as having “effervescent” charm and said her “teenage self” loved her dearly. “I am deeply sorry that life has been so difficult for you and that you have had to struggle in front of the whole world,” she wrote on Instagram..
Angel Carter, his twin sister, also reacted on social networks. “My funny and sweet Aaron, I have so many memories of you and me, and I promise to cherish them,” she wrote on Instagram. “I know you are at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and I will see you again.