Aaron Carter’s manager is delighted the planned publication of a posthumous obituary has gone ahead.
“We are very pleased to hear that the memoirs have been postponed and would like to thank Andy Symonds [publisher of Ballast Books] for doing so,” his manager Taylor Helgeson said in a statement provided to CNN. “Thank you for respecting our wishes and those of the family.”
Carter was found dead in the bathtub of his home in Lancaster, California on November 5. He was 34 years old.
The plan to release “Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life” was met with backlash, including from Carter’s former girlfriend, actress Hilary Duff, who called it “disgusting.”
“To water down Aaron’s life story to what appears to be unverified clickbait for profit is disgusting,” Duff, who dated Carter from 2000 to 2003, told the Daily Mail. “I in no way condone shedding any light on what is clearly an uninformed, heartless money grab.”
Scott Atherton, the attorney for Ballast Books, said in a widely distributed statement that the book’s release was delayed “out of respect for the Carter family.”
“Mr. Carter was not only a celebrity, but also a father, brother, son and friend to many who still mourn him,” she said.
The LA County Coroner is still working to determine Carter’s cause of death.