Singer Aaron Carter, 34, found dead in bathtub at California home
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)”, died on Saturday, TMZ reported. He was 34 years old.
The entertainment outlet reported that Backstreet Boy’s brother Nick Carter was found dead in his bathtub at his Lancaster, Calif. residence.
A police spokesman told AFP officers attended 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 query from AFP.
The artist born on December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, began performing at the age of seven and released his first album at age nine in 1997.
His second effort “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” sold three million copies in the United States, propelling him to teen idol status. He became a regular on Nickelodeon and Disney preteen shows, including an appearance on the popular “Lizzie McGuire.”
Carter toured with boy band The Backstreet Boys – of which 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 remained in the public eye, appearing in a number of reality shows and off-Broadway productions, and streaming new music online.
But his personal struggles became tabloid fodder, including apparent conflicts between the five Carter siblings and family feuds over money.
In 2011, it was revealed that Carter had checked into a treatment center, with the star telling his fans that “the main thing in life is not to be afraid to be human”.
After leaving rehab, the artist began doing one-off shows, and then a Canadian tour. He released another album in 2018.
He had filed for bankruptcy in 2013 for millions in debt, much of it tax-related. Carter also faced several run-ins with the law, mostly for possession and reckless driving charges.
In 2017, he began to publicly discuss his arrests and skinny appearance which had fueled rumors of illness or illegal drug use.
He admitted himself to another treatment center for using prescription drugs for anxiety and sleep problems, reporting improvement in 2018.
Earlier this year he told the Daily Mail he was struggling to stop being seen as a ‘train wreck’.
“I’m not the way 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 that’s been wrecked many times and derailed by many different things.”
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