Aaron Carter, who enjoyed fame at an early age as a singer, television personality and the younger brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, died Saturday. He was 34.
A source confirms his death The Hollywood Reporterand it was also reported by TMZ. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said THR that a suspicious death took place at the address of Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, but could not confirm the identity.
Representatives for Carter and his brother did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Born in Tampa on December 7, 1987, Carter got his start opening for the Backstreet Boys on a 1997 tour, and his debut album, Aaron Carter, was released later that year, reaching gold status.
His follow-up album, Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It), was released in September 2000 and went triple platinum. It featured the singles “I Want Candy,” “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” and he supported the album as an opening act for Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears on the Oops!… I Did It Again Tour.
Carter’s third album, Oh Aaron, went platinum in 2001, and he has released two albums since then, most recently Love in 2018.
He dabbled in acting, appearing on shows including Lizzie McGuire and 7th Heaven and in the 2005 film Supercross that also starred Channing Tatum. Carter made his Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo in the Who Seussical the Musical and later had a long run as a cast member of the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks.
He starred alongside Nick and their siblings BJ, Aaron, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! unscripted series House of Carters in 2006. Leslie died of a drug overdose in January 2012 at the age of 25.
Other television credits include competing on the 2009 season of ABC’s Dancing With the Starsfinishing in fifth place, and on the Food Network cooking battle series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off in 2012.
Carter was a gossip-site fixture and known for headlines surrounding his personal life, dating back to his early years as a teenage heartthrob. He welcomed son Prince with Melanie Martin in November 2021.
Over the years, the star was open about his struggles with substance abuse, including on a 2017 episode of The Doctors, and has had multiple rehab stays, most recently entering earlier this year in an effort to regain custody of his son. He had previously entered rehab back in 2017 following an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges.
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