Rapper and actor Aaron Carter dies aged 34
American pop and hip-hop singer Aaron Carter, who rose to fame at the turn of the millennium with his album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, died on Saturday at the age of 34, reported the specialized media TMZ.
According to TMZ, Aaron Carter, who was the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, was found dead in his bathtub at his residence in Lancaster, California.
A police spokesman contacted by AFP said a deceased person was discovered at the singer’s home on Saturday morning, but declined to confirm the identity of that person.
Aaron Carter’s agent did not immediately respond to requests from AFP.
Born on December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, Carter began his musical career at the age of 7. He was 9 years old when he released his first album, “Crush on You”, in 1997.
Released in September 2000, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” had sold three million copies in the United States and immediately propelled it to teen and tween darling status.
Aaron Carter had toured with The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, opening for their concerts. In 2001, his album “Oh Aaron”, in which he sings a duet with his brother Mick, won a platinum disc.
Although her popularity had faded somewhat with age, Carter continued to appear regularly on TV shows and post new songs online.
But his turbulent private life, including money squabbles among his siblings of five, had made him the prey of the tabloids, and in 2011 he began drug treatment.
In 2013, riddled with debts, in particular tax debts, he declared himself bankrupt. He had also been in a lot of trouble with the authorities, mostly for possession of narcotics and dangerous driving.
Earlier this year he told the Daily Mail that he aspired to no longer be seen as a ‘wreck’.
“I am not what some people try to portray,” he pleaded. “If anyone wants to call me a train wreck, then I’m a train that’s had many accidents and derailed for many reasons.”