Aaron Carter, the former 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 they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California home Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a dead man was found at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities did not release any information about a possible cause of death.
Carter, who first rose to fame as a boy with pop hits like “I Want Candy” and “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.
The singer’s debut album, “Aaron Carter,” was released in 1997 and he performed as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. Her fifth and final studio album, “Love,” was released in 2018.
Carter was also known for her roles on television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on the 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 is something I would like to say that I feel is important to me and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for almost half my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “This does not bring me shame, it is just a burden and a burden that I have held for a long time that I would like to get rid of.”
He then explained that when he was about 13 years old, he “began to attract boys and girls.”
“Years ago I thought, but until I was 17 years old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a man I was attracted to who also worked and grew up with him.”
The singer opened up in 2019 on an episode of “Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, severe anxiety and depression.
“This is my truth,” Carter said as he held up a plastic bag of several bottles of medicine in one clip featured 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 does not drink alcohol and denied having a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I’m human and that I make mistakes like any other human being in the world, but I can’t risk my life or that of my partner.”