Aaron Carter, the American singer who rose to fame at the turn of the millennium with his hit album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, passed away on Saturday, according to TMZ. He was 34 years old.
The entertainment outlet reported that Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s brother was found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster, California.
A police spokesman told AFP that officers were alerted to Carter’s home at 10:58 a.m. and found a body, but have not yet been able to publicly identify the person.
Carter’s manager did not immediately respond to a question from AFP.
Born on December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, the artist began performing at age seven and released his debut album at age nine in 1997.
His second effort “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” sold three million copies in the United States, earning him teen heartthrob status. He became a fixture on preteen Nickelodeon and Disney shows, including an appearance on the popular “Lizzie McGuire.”
Carter toured with the boy band The Backstreet Boys — his older brother is a member — as well as Britney Spears, and saw his next album, “Oh Aaron”, go platinum.
As he got older, the musician’s star began to fade, but Carter stayed out in the open, appearing in a number of reality shows and off-Broadway productions, and releasing some new music online.
But his personal life struggles became tabloid fodder, including apparent battles between the five Carter siblings and family fights over money.
In 2011, it was revealed that Carter had entered a treatment center, with the star telling his fans that “the most important thing in life is not to be afraid to be human.”
After leaving rehab, the artist began doing one-off shows, and later a Canadian tour. In 2018 he released another album.
He had filed for bankruptcy in 2013 for millions of debts, much of which was tax-related. Carter also faced several clashes with the law, primarily over property charges and reckless driving.
In 2017, he began to publicly discuss his arrests and gaunt appearance that had fueled rumors of illness or illegal drug use.
He admitted himself to another treatment center for using prescription drugs targeting anxiety and sleep problems, and reported improvement in 2018.
Earlier this year, he told the Daily Mail that he was vying to no longer be seen as a ‘train wreck’.
“I’m not how some people try to paint me,” he told the outlet. “If anyone wants to call me a train wreck, well, I’ve been a train wrecked multiple times and derailed by many different things.”
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