Aaron Carter, former teen heartthrob and younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer, Nick Carter, has died. He was 34. Aaron’s manager, Taylor Helgeson revealed that the family will release an official statement shortly. He added, “Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.”
According to multiple reports, Aaron was found dead on Saturday at his home in Lancaster, California, about an hour north of Los Angeles where multiple L.A. County Sheriff’s vehicles were seen surrounding the home. Meanwhile, TMZ reported that a 911 call was made on Saturday morning and responding authorities found Aaron’s body in his bathtub. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
Aaron’s death comes less than a year after he and his ex, Melanie Martin, welcomed a baby boy. The couple split one week after Martin gave birth, and she eventually requested a restraining order against him after an alleged physical altercation. The last several years proved to be a trying time for Aaron, who went public about being diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression in September 2019.
Due to his mental health struggles, Aaron went on to cancel several multiple tour dates. Weeks after the mental health revealation, Nick obtained a restraining order against him, which led to a bitter war of words between the siblings. Aaron subsequently announced that he was officially “done” with his estranged brother. “Take care. @nickcarter we’re done for life. I haven’t seen him in four years. And I don’t intend,” he tweeted at the time.
The embattled singer later accused his late sister, Leslie, of raping him as a child. Aaron’s twin sister Angel was reportedly granted a restraining order against him as well. The family strife was unfortunately not uncommon for the Carter family whose story has been riddled with highs and lows, as reported by ET.
Aaron and his twin, Angel, were born in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 7. 1987. The twins are the youngest of the five Carter siblings along with sisters B.J. and Leslie, the latter of whom died from a 2012 drug overdose at age 25. Aaron began performing in the second grade and went on to become the lead singer in a boy band called, Dead End, before leaving the group and later opening for the Backstreet Boys on tour.