Aaron Carter, the former child pop singer and younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He was 34.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN that they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California home Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a deceased person was found at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities have not released 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 first studio album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and he opened for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. 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 the Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which appeared 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 is something I would like to say that I feel is important to myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for almost half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. . “I’m not ashamed of this, just a weight and a burden that I’ve held onto for a long time that I’d like to lift from me.”
He then explained that around the age of 13 he “started finding boys and girls attractive.”
“Years passed when I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a man I was attracted to who I was too. he worked with it and I grew up with it.”
The singer opened up in 2019 in an episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with several mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, severe anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my truth,” Carter said while holding up a plastic bag of several medicine bottles in one clip that appeared on the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana while he and his girlfriend Madison Parker were traveling through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he was not drinking and denied having a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “Yes I need people to understand that I am human and that I make mistakes just like everyone else in this world, but I would never risk my life or my lover’s life.”