LOS ANGELES — Aaron Carter died from drowning at his California home due to sedatives he had taken and a gas he had inhaled, according to a coroner’s report released on Tuesday.
According to information in the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s database, Carter, 34, died on Nov. 5, 2022, due to accidental drowning caused by the “effects of difluoroethane and alprazolam” -- also known as compressed gas and Xanax, respectively.
The “I Want Candy” singer was found dead in the bathtub at his home in Lancaster.
According to the coroner, Carter was “submerged in a bathtub after inhalation of compressed gas and intake of alprazolam,” Entertainment Tonight reported. The report added that Carter was unresponsive when a housesitter discovered him at his home and called 911, according to the Times.
Carter was wearing a T-shirt and necklace in the Jacuzzi-style tub when the woman found him, The Associated Press reported. He was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
Born on Dec. 7, 1987, Carter began his career as a 9-year-old with the release of his self-titled album in 1997, according to the Times.
Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, was noted for his albums “LØVË” and “Aaron’s Party.”
Aaron Carter opened for the Backstreet Boys during the group’s 1997 tour in Berlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His debut album, “Aaron Carter,” was released later that year and went gold, the entertainment news outlet reported.
His second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It)” was released in September 2000 and went triple platinum, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The album featured the hits “I Want Candy,” the title track and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.” He supported the album while opening for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys on the “Oops! ... I Did It Again Tour.”
Carter also acted, appearing on shows including “Lizzie McGuire,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He made his Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo the Who in “Seussical the Musical,” the entertainment news website reported.
Carter also appeared on his family’s reality series “House of Carters,” which aired on E! Entertainment Television, the AP reported.
In 2011, Carter entered the Betty Ford Center for addictions and successfully completed a month of rehabilitation, according to E! News.
In 2019, Carter was hospitalized after being served a restraining order by Nick Carter and one of his sisters, Angel, the Los Angeles Times reported. His siblings alleged at the time that he was having a mental health crisis and made threatening statements.
Carter changed the focus of his music from pop to hip-hop and R&B, according to the newspaper.
He spoke candidly about his struggles with mental health conditions and substance abuse.
Carter was cremated and his family will spread Carter’s ashes in the Florida Keys sometime this year, TMZ reported.
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