Aaron Carter, a 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 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN that they responded to a call for help at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where found one person dead at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities did not release information on a possible cause of death.
Carter, who found fame as a child 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 he opened for the Backstreet Boys earlier this 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 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’d like to say that I feel is important to me and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “I’m not ashamed of this, just a weight and a burden I’ve carried for a long time that I’d like to be lifted.”
He then explained that around the age of 13 he “began to find boys and girls attractive”.
“It took years for me to think about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17, after a few relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man that I had an attraction to that also worked and grew.”
The singer opened up in a 2019 episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my reality,” Carter said while holding a plastic bag of several prescription bottles in a clip that appears 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 doesn’t drink and denied that he has 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 I make mistakes like every other human in this world, but I would never risk my life or my girlfriend’s.”