Celebrities, including Nick Carter, are paying tribute to former child star Aaron Carter, who was found dead at the age of 34 (on 5 November 2022) at his home in California. His cause of death is still under investigation by the authorities, but it is known that sadly Aaron was found in the bath.
Aaron was best known for his musical career which began at the age of nine and included songs such as 'Crush On You' (released 1997) and 'I Want Candy' (2000). He later tried hard to shake off his clean-cut image and began forging a career in rap.
He was also the brother of Backstreet Boys singer, Nick Carter, although sadly their relationship had grown strained in more recent years; in 2019, Nick had a restraining order filed against Aaron, after he made threats to kill his pregnant wife.
After taking a day to digest the news, Nick has posted a moving tribute in memory of his younger sibling and dedicated his weekend performance in London, with the Backstreet Boys, to Aaron.
On Instagram, alongside a series of photos of the pair throughout the years, Nick wrote: "My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.
"Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth….I love you baby brother."
In more recent years, Aaron's struggles with substance abuse and poor mental health were widely documented, often through his own social media content.
After the news of Aaron's passing was made public, Hilary Duff also posted a moving tribute to her ex-boyfriend on Instagram, writing: "For Aaron – I am deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world. You had charm that was absolutely effervescent... boy, did my teenage self love you deeply. Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy ❤️".
The Twitter account for boyband New Kids On The Block posted in memory of Aaron too, writing alongside a black and white photo of him: "We are shocked and saddened about the sudden passing of Aaron Carter. Sending prayers to the Carter family. Rest in peace, Aaron."
Songwriter Diane Warren also tweeted, reflecting on how fame at a young age can be incredibly damaging for the psyche: "Fame at a young age is often more a curse than a blessing and surviving it is not easy. RIP Aaron Carter."
Aaron leaves behind a son, Prince, who was born last year.
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