Aaron Carter, the former child pop singer and brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He is 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 Lancaster, California home Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where the deceased was found at the scene.
Sources said he was found dead in his bathtub.
Officials have not released information on the possible cause of death.
Carter, who first found fame as a child with pop hits 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 performed for the Backstreet Boys earlier that year. His fifth and final studio album, “Love,” was released in 2018.
Carter is also known for his roles in television shows such as “Lizzie McGuire” on the Disney Channel and “7th Heaven,” which debuted on the WB Television Network. He also appeared in his family’s reality series on the E! TV entertainment, “House of Carters.”
The singer gained popularity from fans and other celebrities in 2017 after he came out as bisexual.
“There is something I want to say that I feel is important to myself and my identity that has been heavy in my chest for almost half of my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “This does not make me ashamed, just a weight and a burden that I have carried for a long time that I want to lift me.”
He then explained that when he was about 13 years old, he “started seeing attractive men and women.”
“Many years passed when I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17, after a couple of relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a guy I was attracted to as well. Worked with and grew with.”
The singer opened up in a 2019 episode of “Doctors” about his struggles with multiple mental health issues, including personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.
“This is my truth,” Carter said as he held up a plastic bag containing several prescription drugs in one clip posted 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 did not drink and denied that he had a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “What I want is for people to understand that I am a human being and I make mistakes just like any other human being in the world, but I will never risk my life or the life of my girlfriend.”