Singer, rapper and former teenage heartthrob Aaron Carter was found dead at his home in Lancaster Saturday at age 34, according to multiple media reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told City News Service that “We do have an investigator going to Lancaster regarding a suspicious death investigation,” but would not confirm the victim’s identity. The entertainment website TMZ first reported that the victim was Carter. People, The Hollywood Reporter and NBC News later posted similar reports, and the Daily Beast cited a representative for the singer who confirmed that he was dead.
Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 11 a.m. to a home in the area of Valley Vista Drive and Avenue L-6 regarding a drowning, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. A watch commander at the sheriff’s Lancaster station told CNS that deputies were dispatched at 10:58 a.m. to a home at 42502 Valley Vista Drive. “We went there for a person not breathing and he was pronounced dead,” the watch commander said.
Born in Tampa, Florida, Carter sold a million copies of his self-titled debut album in 1997 at age nine. His 2000 follow-up “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” sold three times that many in the United States alone.
Over the next several years Carter appeared on Nickelodeon and recorded a couple more successful albums.
He later appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and in the Broadway musical “Seussical.” He headlined a world tour in late 2014.
Carter was also the younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, and opened for the famous boy band in the late 1990s.
Recent years saw him in the news for a myriad of legal, drug and relationship troubles.
“It’s all a beautiful blessing because I’ve had a lot of relationships and I started [to] kind of [give] up on love,” he told Us Weekly in 2021, referring the birth of his first child. “I was talking about having a family years ago. I [wanted] to be at home and enjoy the love of my life and my child. Now that it’s here, it’s like an epiphany. Every minute now has become so precious and every bit of time that slips by now … I’ve [really] switched my gears of thinking. I’ve given a lot of people second and third chances, as you can see with us and the stuff that we’ve gone through.”
Carter tweeted on Oct. 29 that he was selling his Lancaster house, linking to a listing for $799,900 on Zillow. The two-story home has seven bedroom and four bathrooms.
“Selling my 2nd home. Real estate has been super good to me,” Carter tweeted. “Ready for a new chapter in my 3rd home which I plan on staying to make a beautiful life for my family. This year has been super tough but I’ve learned so much. Thanks for the support everyone.”