Nick Carter, a Backstreet Boys member, was Mr. Carter’s younger brother. He released his first album when he was 9 and “Aaron’s Party” when he was 12.
Aaron Carter, a singer, and actor with a hit song called “I Want Candy,” popular with teens in the early 2000s, was found dead at his home in Southern California on Saturday. He was 34.
Taylor Helgeson, who works for Big Umbrella’s entertainment management company, confirmed Mr. Carter’s death but wouldn’t say what caused it.
Deputy Lizette Falcon, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, said that when they went to Mr. Carter’s home in Lancaster, Calif., on Saturday, they found him dead there.
“Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never gone away,” Nick Carter, the singer’s older brother and a member of the Backstreet Boys, said in a statement sent out by his representative.
“Aaron’s Party” reached its highest position on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 4, selling about three million copies. It had a cover of the Strangeloves’ song “I Want Candy” by him. He made five studio albums and was on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Later, his career didn’t go anywhere, and in recent years he’s been in trouble with the law and talked about his struggles with addiction. “Love,” his first album in about 15 years, came out in 2018 to mixed reviews.
The New York Times called Mr. Carter a “tween heartthrob.” An online biography says that he started performing when he was 7 and sang lead for the band Dead End for two years.
At age 9, he had his first solo show in Berlin, where he opened for the Backstreet Boys. After the show, he got a record deal, and his first single, “Crush on You,” came out. He also did a show before Britney Spears.
Mr. Carter was also an actor with guest roles on shows like “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “7th Heaven.” He also did shows on Broadway. He was in “Seussical,” a musical about Dr. Seuss, and “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in the world.
Mr. Carter also put the song “That’s How I Beat Shaq” on his second album. The basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is in the music video. O’Neal has said that Mr. Carter beat him in a game of HORSE and then asked if he could write a song about it.
Nick Carter, Mr. Carter’s brother, and Angel Carter, his twin sister, said in 2019 that they had gotten a restraining order against him. Nick Carter said in a statement at the time that his brother had admitted to having violent thoughts about his wife and that the family “had no choice but to take every possible step to protect ourselves and our family.”
At the time, Aaron Carter said that the claims were false. The restraining order came out a day after he canceled his 2019 tour, telling E! News that he needed to put his “health first.”
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Jane (Spaulding) and Robert Carter had Aaron Charles Carter on December 7, 1987, in Tampa, Florida. In the early 2000s, a biography of Aaron was posted on aaroncarter.com. It said his family lived and worked at the Garden Villa Retirement Home in Florida. Aaron was about 4 years old when he started to watch Nick practice with the Backstreet Boys.
Angel and Prince, Aaron’s son, are also still alive, along with Nick. His sister Leslie died of a drug overdose in 2012. Over the years, Mr. Carter has been open about the problems he has had with his mental health. In 2018, he told People magazine that he felt he had “hit rock bottom personally and emotionally” and had gone to a wellness center for help.
Mr. Carter said on the Nov. 2 episode of the “No Jumper” podcast that he was focusing on selling real estate and that he had been “Cali sober” for five years, even though he said he occasionally smoked marijuana and had been given anti-anxiety medication. “Cali sober,” which is short for “California sober,” loosely means not using drugs or alcohol, except for marijuana and alcohol.
Adam Grandmaison, who runs the podcast on YouTube, said that Mr. Carter’s close friend told him that Mr. Carter had died.
Mr. Grandmaison wrote on Twitter, “I just talked to him a few weeks ago, and it was pretty clear he wasn’t in a good place.” “Even though he was fighting demons, he was a good person. I’m sad to see him go.”
During the interview, Mr. Carter said that he thought of himself as a rapper, a singer, a producer, an artist, and an actor, and he was incredibly proud of his most recent album. He also said that he was planning to make another one soon.
He said, “I cover all the bases.” “It means a lot more to me than the things I did when I was younger because I wrote and made it all.”
Mr. Carter said he would “never give up” making music and that he had enjoyed his career, even though it had been rough at times. He also promised to get custody of his son back. According to Page Six, he was temporarily put in the care of Mr. Carter’s fiancée’s mother because of worries about domestic violence and drug use.