(Reuters) – Aaron Carter, who rose to early fame as a child pop star and toured with his brother’s hit band Backstreet Boys before pursuing a career in rap and acting, was found dead Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to reports in the media.
A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman on Saturday afternoon confirmed to Reuters that officers had found a deceased person at Carter’s home, and that homicide investigators were on their way to the crime scene, but said they could not provide further details.
There were no reports that a crime was suspected in Carter’s death.
Carter, 34, released his debut album in 1997 when he was just 9 years old, becoming a child pop star who appeared frequently on Nickelodeon, according to TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter. Later in his music career, he started rapping and also appeared in productions such as the Broadway show ‘Seussical’.
He struggled with addiction issues for years and sometimes shared them in public.
In a 2019 appearance on the celebrity wellness TV show “The Doctors,” he held up a bag full of prescription medications he said he took after being diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, manic depression, and anxiety. .
Carter went to drug rehabilitation centers several times, most recently earlier this year, in an effort to regain custody of his son Prince, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
(Reporting by Julia Harte; editing by Jonathan Oatis)