Aaron Carter, the singer-rapper who began performing as a child and had hit albums starting in his teen years, was found dead Saturday at his home in Southern California, a source close to the family told NBC News. He was 34.
Carter, the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, performed as an opening act for Britney Spears as well as his brother’s boy band, and appeared on the family’s reality series “House of Carters” that aired on E! Entertainment Television.
Deputies responded around 11 am following reports of a medical emergency at the home in Lancaster, said Deputy Alejandra Parra with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Parra said the deputies found a deceased person at the residence, but she could not immediately confirm it was Carter.
Carter’s fiancé, Melanie Martin, asked for privacy as the family grieves.
“We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality,” Martin said in a statement Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Carter’s 2000 album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” sold three million copies and produced hit singles including the title song and “I Want Candy. His videos received regular airplay on Disney and Nickelodeon.
In 2009, Carter appeared on the ABC competition show “Dancing with the Stars,” finishing in fifth place with partner Karina Smirnoff.
In recent years, Carter opened up about mental health issues and drug addiction. In a 2019 interview on the television show “The Doctors,” he said he suffered from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
That same year, Nick Carter Nick Carter filed a restraining order against his younger sibling after he allegedly said he had thoughts of killing Nick’s wife.
Carter’s fifth and final studio album, “LOVE,” was released in 2018.
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