Aaron Carter died on Saturday, Nov. 5. The 34-year-old singer-rapper was found dead at home in Lancaster, California, TMZ first reported. A representative from his team later confirmed his death to Bustle, saying they were “extremely saddened and shocked” by his passing.

The Los Angeles Police Department was called to the scene at 11 a.m. on Saturday after Carter’s body was found in his bathtub, per TMZ. The 911 caller reportedly said he’d drowned in the tub. Law enforcement sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that there was a death at his house but were not able to say whether or not it was Carter.

“At the moment his cause of death is being investigated,” his team’s statement said. “We ask that you give the family time and they will have more information when available. We cannot express the outpouring of love coming in.”

Carter’s first success as a singer came in his early childhood, and he released his first album in 1997, at age 9. His self-titled debut sold a million copies, and he went on to release hits like “I Want Candy” and “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It).” He also ventured into acting in 2001 with a guest starring role on Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire and later got into reality TV. He and his siblings, including his older brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, had an E! reality series called House of Carters in 2006, and he competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2009.

The singer struggled with addiction along the way, and he sought treatment in 2011 as he was working on a music comeback. At the time, he was looking for “guidance and cleansing,” his manager Johnny Wright told E!. The singer unfortunately continued to battle prescription drug dependence, and during a September 2017 episode of The Doctors, he talked about how he was trying to give them up. He said he was taking them for multiple mental health issues, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, per TMZ.

Carter began a fifth rehab stint in September 2022, per the Los Angeles Times. He hoped to get custody of his son, Prince, who was born in late 2021. “I haven’t had any relapses or anything like that, it’s just triggers are big right now for me [and] I want my son back,” he told the Sun.

Just two days before his death, Carter released the music video for “Lately,” a collaboration with the musician Checkthestar. The loss stunned his fans, who paid tribute to him on social media afterward. “How I Beat Shaq by Aaron Carter is one of the best songs in history,” one tweeted. “I’m sad to hear of Aaron’s passing. Please respectfully listen to his hits today.” Another recalled how he was “everywhere” in the late ’90s and early 2000s, adding, “It’s hard to imagine him not being here anymore.”

“Aaron Carter truly loved life,” his team said, in part, in a second statement issued to Bustle. “He was free-spirited and sought all the pleasures and pleasantries this world has to offer. Because of this attitude and approach to living, he was able to give so freely and energetically when it came to his music and his acting. We are sad to have to let him go, and we’ll miss him tremendously.”

If you or someone you know is seeking help for substance use, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

 

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