Aaron Carter, the former children’s pop singer and younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, has died, a source 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 Carter’s Lancaster, California home on Saturday morning around 11 am local time, where a deceased person was found at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities did not release any information on a possible cause of death.
Carter, who first found fame as a boy with pop hits like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.
The singer’s first studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and he performed as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. Her 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 Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which premiered on The WB Television Network. He also appeared on his family’s reality series on E! Entertainment Television, “House of Carters.”
The singer received an outpouring of love and support from fans and other celebrities in 2017 after he came out as bisexual.
“There is something I would like to say that I feel is important to myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for almost half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “This does not bring me shame, it is just a weight and a burden that I have held on to for a long time that I would like to lift from me.”
He then explained that around the age of 13 he “began to find boys and girls attractive.”
“Years went by until I thought about it, but it was only when I was 17 years old, after a few relationships with women, I had an experience with a man I was attracted to who I am too. work with and grow up with.”
The singer opened up in a 2019 episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my reality,” Carter said as he held a plastic bag of multiple prescription bottles in one clip that appeared on the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana as he and his then-girlfriend Madison Parker traveled through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he did not drink and denied having a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I am human and that I make mistakes just like every other human being in this world, but I would never risk my life or the life of my lover.”