Aaron Carter, the former child pop singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, has died, sources close to the family told CNN. He was 34 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN that they responded to a call for help at the Carters’ Lancaster, California home around 11 a.m. local time Saturday, where they found a man dead at the scene.
He was found dead in a bathtub.
Authorities have not released any information about the cause of death.
Carter, who first found fame with pop songs like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” has 11-month-old son Prince.
The singer’s debut studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997, and he performed as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. His fifth and final studio album “Love” was released in 2018.
Carter was also known for her roles on television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on the Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which debuted on the WB Television Network. He also appeared on his family’s reality series on E! Entertainment Television, “House of Carters.”
After coming out as bisexual in 2017, the singer received an outpouring of love and support from fans and other celebrities.
“There is one thing that I feel is important to my personality and to me that has been heavy on my chest for half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “It doesn’t make me feel ashamed, I just want to lift a weight and burden off me that I’ve held for a long time.”
He explained that around the age of 13, he “started to be attracted to boys and girls”.
“I thought about it for years, but it wasn’t until I was 17, after a few relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man, and I had an attraction to anyone. Worked with and grew.”
The singer opened up in a 2019 episode of “The Doctors” about his struggles with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my reality,” Carter said, holding up a plastic bag containing multiple prescription bottles in a clip featured on the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter and his then-girlfriend, Madison Parker, were arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana while driving through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he doesn’t drink and denied he had a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “I just want people to understand that I’m human and like every other human in this world I make mistakes, but I would never put my life or my girlfriend’s life in danger.”