Singer Aaron Carter dies at 34 – NBC Los Angeles

Aaron Carter, the singer-rapper who started performing as a child and released albums from his teenage years, was found dead on Saturday at his home in Southern California, a source close to the family told NBC News. He was 34 years old.

Carter’s family representatives have confirmed the singer’s death. His fiancée, Melanie Martin, asked for privacy as the family mourned.

“We are still coming to terms with this sad reality,” Martin said in a statement Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

Carter, the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, has opened for Britney Spears as well as his brother’s boy band, and recorded several hits including “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “I Want candy”.

Deputies responded around 11 a.m. following reports of a medical emergency at the home in Lancaster, a desert town about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles, said LA County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alejandra Parra.

Parra said deputies found a deceased person at the residence, but she could not immediately confirm that it was Carter. Authorities later said a housekeeper found a man in the home’s bathtub and resuscitation efforts failed.

Carter 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, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” in 2000, which produced hit singles including the title track and “I Want Candy.” His videos have been shown regularly on Disney and Nickelodeon.

The singer earned acting credits through his appearance on TV shows such as “Lizzie McGuire.” He starred alongside his brother, Nick, and their siblings BJ, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! unscripted series “House of Carters” in 2006.

Carter made her Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo in the musical “Seussical.” In 2009, he appeared on the ABC competition show “Dancing with the Stars”, finishing in fifth place with his partner Karina Smirnoff. He was featured on the Food Network cooking show “Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” in 2012.

In recent years, Carter has opened up about mental health issues and addiction. In a 2019 interview with TV show “The Doctors,” he said he suffered from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety, and manic depression.

That same year, Nick Carter Nick Carter filed a restraining order against his younger brother after he allegedly said he had considered killing Nick’s wife.

Carter’s fifth and final studio album, “LOVE”, was released in 2018.

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