Pop singer Aaron Carter dies at 34

Aaron Carter, the hugely successful early 2000s pop singer who was the younger brother of Backstreet Boy, died Saturday, according to a statement from one of his deputies.

Roger Paul’s statement did not mention the cause of death. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are investigating a report of a “suspicious death” at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday.

Carter, who has struggled with addiction, said he was sober for five years earlier this year. He was the brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. Singer-turned-actor-rapper became famous early on “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, “I Want Candy”, and “This How I Beat Shaq.”

He released his first solo album in Europe on December 1, 1997, six days before he turned ten. The album sold one million copies worldwide, in reference to his early rise to stardom.

Carter’s second album, released in 2000, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and its lead single reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. He is also known for the song “I Want”. Candy” from this album and “I’m All About You” from his 2001 album, “Oh Aaron”. His 2001 single “That’s How I Beat Shaq” featured the NBA Honorary Player in a video on a pitch black in the park, and featured pre-teens dancing to pop music.

He appeared several times on television, including an episode in the first season of “Lizzie McGuire” in a Christmas-themed episode called “Here Comes Aaron Carter.” In 2001, Carter made his Broadway debut in the musical cast of “Seussical”.

One of the five siblings, Carter co-starred in the 2006 family reality TV show, “House of Carters”. Follow the show as the siblings move in together and try to solve their problems. It ended after one season of eight episodes.

In a statement on Saturday, Paul said many people don’t know how “kind-hearted” Carter was.

“He genuinely cared about others, and the love he felt for those around him was so immeasurable; “We can still feel his presence and his warmth around us.”

Carter is survived by his brother, Nick, sister Angel Carter and Bobby Jane Carter. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that he also has a baby son, Prince. His sister, Leslie Carter, passed away in 2012. His father, Robert Jane Carter, died in 2017.

“We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality,” Melanie Martin, his fiancée, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

Adam Grandmason, host of the “No Jumper” podcast, said in a tweet that he heard the news of the singer’s death from a close friend. Carter has appeared on the podcast at least three times, most recently in an episode published on Wednesday.

“He was a good guy despite all the demons he was fighting,” Grandmason wrote in a tweet. “I am sad about his passing.”

In 2013, Carter filed for bankruptcy, the Tampa Bay Times reported, and a representative of the musician told the newspaper that the majority of his $2.2 million debt was when he was a minor and had no control over his finances.

For years, Carter has been open about his struggles with mental health and drug addiction.

He gave interviews on the “Doctors” talk show about his dependence on prescription medications and his addiction to bloating. In a 2019 interview with the show, Carter said he put himself on a “system” to run his business, cook his meals, and set up his home to start a family.

“To be strong,” he said of his plans in the interview. “I can say I’ve been through hell and back, back.”

In 2013, Carter was on the “After Party” tour which he started after a years hiatus in music to renew his career and release new songs.

Asked what it was like to perform in 2014, while trying to re-establish himself on the pop stage, Carter told The Washington Post, “People are losing their minds. It’s great to show them I’m still that guy.”

Avi Silk contributed to this report.

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