A tribute was paid to former child actor Aaron Carter, who was found dead at the age of 34 in his Southern California home on Saturday.
The brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, Carter began performing at the age of seven and released his self-titled debut album in 1997 at the age of nine. He had two of his UK Top 10 hits with Crush On You and Crazy Little Party Girl.
His death is currently under investigation, according to his family, who have asked for privacy until further information is obtained.
Officers visited Carter’s residence in Lancaster, Calif., on Saturday and found him dead, according to the Los Angeles County Police Department.
The deceased singer became a global phenomenon following the release of her second album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) in 2000, which went on to become triple-platinum and featured the singles “I Want Candy” and “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It).” )” and “That’s How I Beat Shack”. .
Carter also supported the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears before moving on to making rap music and ditching his child star image with numerous face tattoos.
His acting career also includes appearances in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, the Broadway musical Susikar, and the reality TV shows Dancing with the Stars and House of Carters.
However, the singer had several clashes with authorities over drug possession and reckless driving. He entered a rehab facility after appearing on US talk show The Doctors and tested positive for prescription drugs he said he took to help with anxiety and sleep.
Carter’s relationship with his brother has also been strained over the years, and in 2019 his brother Nick was given a temporary restraining order against him over allegations that he threatened to kill Nick’s pregnant wife.
Nick said the legal action was taken “in light of Aaron’s increasingly disturbing behavior” and Carter said he was “surprised” at the time. No,” he added.
Tributes to the late singer began pouring in over the weekend following the news of his passing. Nick Carter shared some photos of his brother in his younger days with his lengthy caption on his Instagram.
“My heart broke today,” he said. “My brother and I had a complicated relationship, but my love for him never faded. I have always held out hope that he would find the help he so desperately needed.
“Sometimes you want to blame someone or something for your loss. But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real villains here.”
Nick ended the post by stating, “I miss my brother more than anyone else,” and Aaron said, “I will finally have the chance to have the peace that I could never find on earth… God take care of my brother.” please do it.” ”.
Actor and singer Hilary Duff, who co-starred with Carter in ‘Lizzie McGuire’, said, “I am deeply sorry that life has been so hard for Aaron and he has had to struggle in front of the whole world. had an effervescent attraction to…boy my teenage self was deeply in love with you.
Fellow ’90s pop star New Kids on the Block shared a black-and-white photo of Carter, writing: My prayers go out to the Carter family. Aaron, rest in peace. ”
Boyband NSync wrote: Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans during this difficult time.aaron in peace # Gone too soon”.
Singer Diane Warren tweeted, “Fame at a young age is more of a curse than a blessing and not easy to survive. RIP Aaron Carter,” comedian Loni Love met Carter in 2018. and described him as “funny, talented and cool”.
Disney Channel star Christy Carlson Romano said she was “incredibly sad” about Carter’s death, while actor Lou Diamond Phillips described Carter as “a sweet, kind-hearted young man.”
In 2013, Carter filed for bankruptcy after it was revealed that he owed over $2 million (£1.8 million), mostly in taxes owed to the US government. In 2018, she released her fifth and final studio album, Love, and in 2021 welcomed her first child, Prince, to her fiancé Melanie and her girlfriend Martin.
Following the news of Carter’s death, Martin released a statement saying he was “still in the process of coming to terms with this unfortunate reality.”
Earlier this year, Carter told the Daily Mail that she no longer wanted to be seen as a “train wreck.”
“I’m not what some people try to portray me to be,” he said. “If anyone wants to call me a train wreck, well, I’m a train that’s been wrecked many times and derailed by various things.”