Aaron Carter, the singer-rapper who began performing as a child and has released albums since his teenage years, was found dead Saturday at his home in Southern California, a source said. close to the family told NBC News. He is 34 years old.
Representatives for Carter’s family confirmed the singer’s death. His fiancée, Melanie Martin, has asked for privacy as the family grieves.
“We continue to accept this tragedy,” Martin said in a statement Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Carter, the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, worked as an opening act for Britney Spears and his brother’s boy band, and recorded several hits including “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) ” and “I Want Candy.”
Deputies responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a domestic emergency in Lancaster, a desert town about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. Angeles, said Deputy Alejandra Parra with the LA County Sheriff’s Office.
Parra said deputies found a deceased person at the home, but he could not immediately confirm it was Carter. Authorities later said a housekeeper found a man in the bathtub at the home and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Carter opened for the Backstreet Boys tour in 1997 – the same year his self-titled gold-selling album was released. He reached triple-platinum status with his sophomore album, 2000’s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” which spawned hits including the title track and “I Want Candy.” His videos are regularly aired on Disney and Nickelodeon.
The singer has earned acting credits by appearing on television shows with “Lizzie McGuire.” She starred with her brother, Nick, and their siblings BJ, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! The unwritten story “House of Carters” in 2006.
Carter made her Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo in the musical “Seussical.” In 2009, she appeared on the ABC competition show “Dancing with the Stars,” finishing in fifth place with partner Karina Smirnoff. She was featured on the Food Network cooking show “Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” in 2012.
In recent years, Carter has been open about health issues and drug addiction. In a 2019 interview on the television show “The Doctors,” he said he suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe anxiety and manic depression.
That same year, Nick Carter filed a restraining order against his brother after he said he intended to kill Nick’s wife.
Carter’s fifth and final studio album, “LOVE,” was released in 2018.