Aaron Carter, a former pop singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He was 34.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson told CNN they were responding to a call for help at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, around 11 a.m. local time Saturday morning, where a deceased person was found at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities did not provide any information about a possible cause of death.
Carter, who first rose to fame as a boy with pop songs like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.
The singer’s debut studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and earlier that year, he performed as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys. His fifth and final studio album, ‘Love’, was released in 2018.
Carter was also known for his roles on television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on Disney Channel and “7th Heaven”, which debuted 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 coming out as bisexual.
“There’s something I want to say that’s important to me and my identity that’s weighed on my chest for almost half my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “This brings me no shame, just a burden and a burden that I have held for a long time and that I would like to lift off.”
He went on to explain that around the age of 13 he “started to find boys and girls attractive.”
“Years went by that I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17 years old, after a few relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man I was attracted to who I also worked with and grew up with.”
The singer opened up in a 2019 episode of “The Doctors” about his struggles with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my reality,” Carter said as he held up a plastic bag containing multiple prescription bottles in one clip posted to the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of drink driving and possession of marijuana while he and his then-girlfriend Madison Parker were traveling through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he does not drink and denied that he has a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need any help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I am human and that I make mistakes like everyone else in this world, but I would never risk my life or that of my girlfriend.”