Singer Aaron Carter dead at 34; police investigating cause of death
Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, began performing as a child and later rose to fame with several hit albums.
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“My heart has been broken today,” Nick, 42, began in a tribute shared to Instagram Sunday. “Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.”
Aaron died at age 34.
“We were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves,” he tweeted at the time. “We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.”
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The Backstreet Boys singer wrote that he “always held onto hope, that (Aaron) 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,” Nick continued.
He concluded: “I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz., now you get a chance to finally have some peace you could never find here on earth….God, please take care of my baby brother.”
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On Saturday, deputies responded around 11 a.m. following reports of a medical emergency at the home in Lancaster, said Deputy Alejandra Parra with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, per The Associated Press.
Backstreet Boys pay tribute to Aaron Carter, brother Nick breaks down in tears
The Backstreet Boys paid tribute to Aaron during their Sunday night show at The O2 Arena in London. In videos shared on social media, Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson dedicated their 2019single, “No Place,” to Aaron, and explained the song was “very special to us because that song is about family.”
“Everybody in here, we all grew up together,” he said to the crowd.
Nick was visibly emotional and tried holding back tears while the audience yelled, “We love you Nick.” Other members of the band were seen taking turns hugging him .
“We’ve been through highs and lows and ups and downs — we thank you for being with the Backstreet family for 29 years, for all the love,” Richardson continued. “Tonight we’ve got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday. We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize him.”
In another video shared on Twitter from the concert, photos of…