LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Carter, the singer and rapper who started performing as a child and had hit albums starting in his teens, was found dead Saturday at his Southern California home. He was 34.
Representatives of Carter’s family confirmed the singer’s death. They did not provide further comment.
Carter, the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, performed as an opening act for Britney Spears as well as his brother’s boy band, and appeared on the family’s reality series House of the Carters aired on E! Entertainment TV.
Deputies responded around 11 a.m. to reports of a medical emergency at the Lancaster home, said Deputy Alejandra Parra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Parra said deputies found a deceased person at the residence, but she could not immediately confirm it was Carter.
Carter’s fiance, Melanie Martin, has asked for privacy while the family grieves.
“We are still in the process of accepting this unpleasant reality,” Martin said in a statement on Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Aaron Carter began touring with the Backstreet Boys in 1997 – the same year his gold-winning self-titled debut album was released. He reached triple platinum status with his second album, 2000′s Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), which produced hit singles including the title track and “I Want Candy.” His videos air regularly on Disney and Nickelodeon.
Carter has earned acting credits through her appearances on television shows including Lizzie McGuire. He starred alongside his brother Nick and their siblings BJ, Aaron, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! unscripted series House of the Carters in 2006
Carter made his Broadway debut in 2001 as Jojo in Who in Seussical the Musical. In 2009, he appeared on the ABC competition show Dancing with the stars, finishing in fifth place with partner Karina Smirnoff. He was featured on the Food Network cooking show Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cooking in 2012
Carter’s fifth and final studio album, LOVEwas released in 2018.
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