Aaron Carter, Singer and Brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, Dies at 34
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that he was found unresponsive in his Lancaster, California home. The cause of death has not been revealed. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told THR that a suspicious death took place at the address of Carter’s residence but could not confirm the identity of the dead person.
Tyler Hilton, a singer and One Tree Hill alumni, tweeted that he was shocked by the news. Hilton wrote, “This kid had such an spark.” Hilton wrote, “Known him for many years and always liked him. He was warm and funny. He loved putting on a show, and he was great at it.
The official Twitter account for New Kids on the Block posted, “We are shocked and saddened about the sudden passing of Aaron Carter. We send our condolences to the Carter family. Rest in peace Aaron .”
Born in Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 7, 1987, Carter got his start opening for the Backstreet Boys on a 1997 tour. When he was only nine years old, his debut album, Aaron Carter , was released. It was certified gold.
His follow-up album, Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It), dropped in September 2000 and went triple-platinum. It featured the singles “I Want Candy,” Aaron’s Party(Come Get It), and “That’s how I Beat Shaq.” Britney Spears supported the album on the Oops I Did It Again Tour.
Carter’s third album, Oh Aaron, went platinum in 2001, and he has released two since then, most recently Love in 2018.
He dabbled in acting, appearing on shows including Lizzie McGuire, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and 7th Heaven and in such films as Fat Albert (2004) and the Channing Tatum-starring Supercross (2005). Carter made his Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical and had a long run as a castmember on the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks.
Carter also appeared on a number of unscripted TV shows, including starring with Nick and their siblings B.J. and Leslie Carter on E! series House of Carters in 2006. Leslie died of a drug overdose in January 2012 at age 25.
Among his other television credits, he competed on the 2009 season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, finishing in fifth place, and on the Food Network cooking battle series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off in 2012.
Carter was a well-known gossip-site star and generated headlines about his personal life dating back to his time as a teenage heartthrob. In November 2021., he welcomed son Prince with Melanie Martin.
Over the years, the star was open about his struggles with substance abuse, including on a 2017 episode of The Doctors. In September, he stated that he had entered rehab for the fifth time to regain custody. He had entered rehab in 2017 following an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges.
During an interview with podcast No Jumper that was posted to YouTube this month, Carter said he was grateful for his success and remained hopeful for the future, though he wasn’t concerned with achieving further fame.
“I enjoyed all of that, and I’m back to do that — that’s what I’m back to do,” Carter said about focusing again on his music. “I don’t care about [stardom] because it’s so many levels in my industry, fame and fortune, highs and lows — it’s like a rollercoaster. … I’m a singer, a songwriter, a performer, and this is what I do, and I’m never going to give up on it.”
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