The brother of a former Backstreet Boys star was found dead in his bathtub at the age of 34.
Police have reportedly made a number of disturbing finds at the home of singer Aaron Carter’s home after his death.
Evidence of compressed air canisters and various medications were found in his bedroom and bathroom, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported.
Carter, 34, had previously spoken about substance abuse issues, including an addiction to ‘huffing’, where an inhalant-soaked rag is pressed to the mouth.
The brother of former Backstreet Boys star Nick was found dead in the bathtub of his home in Lancaster, California after the LAPD attended his residence shortly after 11am on November 5.
Sources told the US Sun that neighbours heard the chilling scream, “He’s dead, he’s dead!” as an employee arrived at the home.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his body had been in the water for some time before he was discovered.
A cause of death has yet to be released, as the medical examiner is awaiting more information from a toxicology report, Yahoo reports.
A friend of Carter’s, Gary Madatyan, told Entertainment Tonight he had seen aerosol cans at the singer’s home prior to his death.
Madatyan, along with Carter’s ex-partner Melanie Martin – who is the mother of his child – was permitted to enter the residence after his death.
“After they removed the body from the house, they allowed just a few people to get into the house,” he told ET.
“We just wanted to go in there and see if any blood or any alcohol or anything was in the house.
“I went to his bedroom, the bedroom was normal.
“I went to the bathroom where the bathtub was full of water, like, yellowish colour.”
In September, fans became concerned when Carter uploaded an Instagram Live in which he appeared to be huffing.
Police were called to perform a welfare check.
“As soon as I saw it, me and Melanie, we got in on a text message saying, ‘This is bad. This is not good’,” Madatyan told ET at the time.
“We were very worried about him.
“He looked terrible. He lost so much weight. He was not acting normal.
“His mind was not there.
“I heard he’s taking a lot of medication, not specifically illegal drugs, but he was on a lot of medication.”
Madatyan told the outlet that Carter had been “really struggling” with the 2012 death of his sister Leslie, as well as losing custody of his young son, Prince.
He lost his father suddenly in 2017 and also had a complex relationship with fellow members of The Backstreet Boys, including his brother Nick Carter, a source told People.
“He had such a dysfunctional relationship with both parents, but something about losing his dad really threw him,” the source said.
“That’s when I saw him really start to spiral.
“He had gotten in trouble before, but he went from a partier to something a lot more dark then.”
Another source told the outlet he had begun to lose his “support system” as his addictions worsened.
“He had no one he could trust, and no one trusted him,” the source said.
“He was spiralling out of control and he knew it.
“It was sad to watch. It was actually painful to see him make the choices he made.”
However, Carter told the US Sun in his last-ever interview in September that he had checked into a rehabilitation facility in an effort to get his son back.
Among those who have paid tribute to the singer is former girlfriend Lindsay Lohan, who said she still had “a lot of love” for him.
“My heart goes out to his family and may he rest in peace,” she told ET.
“God bless him … and yeah, just a lot of love there.”
The pair dated in the early 2000s.
We are shocked and saddened about the sudden passing of Aaron Carter. Sending prayers to the Carter family. Rest in peace, Aaron ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rDUcE4i8Iy
— New Kids on the Block (@NKOTB) November 5, 2022
Another ex-girlfriend, Hilary Duff, also paid an emotional tribute on Instagram.
“For Aaron – I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle,” she wrote.
“You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent.
“Boy, did my teenage self love you deeply.
“Sending love to your family at this time.