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Aaron Carter died on Nov. 5, 2022, at age 34. Reps for Aaron did not respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment at the time, but People reported that the singer was found dead in his home in Lancaster, CA. TMZ was the first to report the news. On April 18, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled that Aaron’s death was an accident caused by his drowning after inhaling difluoroethane and taking alprazolam.
Aaron rose to fame in the late ’90s and early ’00s when he began touring alongside his older brother, Nick Carter, who is a member of the Backstreet Boys. He released his debut self-titled album in 1997 at the age of 9 and became a certified pop star in 2000 with the release of his hit song “I Want Candy.”
From there, Aaron began to branch out into acting, appearing in episodes of hit teen shows like “Lizzie McGuire,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and “7th Heaven,” as well as lending his voice to animated series like Nickelodeon’s “Rocket Power.” In 2006, he starred in the E! reality series “House of Carters” with his siblings Nick, B.J., Leslie, and Angel Carter. Leslie later died of an overdose in 2012 at the age of 25.
In recent years, Aaron dealt with substance abuse issues and addiction. As reported by The Los Angeles Times in September 2022, the 34-year-old checked himself back into rehab last year in hopes of regaining custody of his 11-month-old son, Prince. At the time, Aaron explained, “I decided to enroll myself into that program. This will be my fifth time in rehabilitation, mainly to take care of aftercare. There’s been no relapses. I haven’t had any relapses . . . it’s just triggers are big right now for me. You know, so, I just, I want my son back.”
On Nov. 6, 2022, Nick shared a post on Instagram paying tribute to his little brother. “My heart is broken,” his post began. “Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.”
He continued, “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth. . . . I love you baby brother.”
In addition to Nick, Aaron’s twin sister, Angel, penned a tribute to her brother as well. “To my twin . . . I loved you beyond measure,” she wrote on Instagram. “You will be missed dearly. My funny, sweet Aaron, I have so many memories of you and I, and I promise to cherish them. I know you’re at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and get to see you again. 💔”
If you are feeling anxious or depressed and need help finding help or resources, call the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (1-240-485-1001) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264). You can also text “NAMI” to 741741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.