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Aaron Carter, singer and one-time teen sensation, dies at 34

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Aaron Carter, a singer and actor who briefly became a teen sensation in the early 2000s and was known for the hit song “I Want Candy,” was found dead Saturday at his home in Southern California. He was 34 years old.

Taylor Helgeson, a representative for Big Umbrella, an entertainment management company, confirmed Carter’s death but declined to comment on the cause.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday and found one person dead at the residence, according to Deputy Alejandra Parra, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said they could not yet confirm that it was Carter.

Released her first album at age 9 and the popular album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” at 12, Carter became a fixture of teen programming and magazines, making appearances on shows like “Lizzie McGuire”.

“Aaron’s Party” peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling around 3 million copies. She released five studio albums and participated in the “Dancing With the Stars” program.

Later, his career stalled, and in recent years, he had been embroiled in legal trouble and shared his struggles with addiction. In 2018, he released his first album in about 15 years, “Love,” to lukewarm reviews.

Carter, who was described in The New York Times as a “preteen heartthrob,” he began performing at age 7, singing as the leader of the band Dead End for two years, according to an online biography.

By 9, he was opening for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin for his first solo appearance. (Her older brother of hers, Nick, was a member of the band.)

The performance led to a record deal and later the release of their first single, “Crush on You”. He also opened for Britney Spears.

Carter was also an actor, guest starring on shows like “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “7th Heaven.” He also acted on Broadway, appearing in “Seussical,” the Dr. Seuss-themed musical, and “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in the world.

On his second album, Carter also released the song “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” with a music video featuring former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who said that Carter once beat him in a HORSE game and later he asked if he could. make a song about it.

In 2019, Carter’s brother Nick and sister Angel said they had filed for a restraining order against him. In a statement at the time, Nick Carter said his brother had confessed to having violent thoughts about his wife and that family members “were left with no choice but to remove all possible measures to protect ourselves.” and to our family.”

Aaron Carter at the time denied the allegations. News of the restraining order came a day after he canceled his 2019 tour, according to E!, saying he needed to put his “health” first.

Carter has been open over the years about his mental health struggles. He told People magazine in 2018 that he felt he had “hit rock bottom personally and emotionally” and that he had sought treatment at a wellness center.

Carter, who appeared on the Nov. 2 episode of the “No Jumper” podcast, said he was focusing on selling real estate and had been “Cali sober” for five years, though he said he occasionally smoked marijuana and had been on anti-anxiety medication. prescribed.

Adam Grandmaison, host of the YouTube podcast, said a close friend of Carter’s told him about her death.

“I interviewed him a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty clear he wasn’t in a good place,” Gandmaison wrote on Twitter. “He was a good guy despite all the demons he was fighting. I’m sad to see him go.”

Throughout the interview, Carter said that he considers himself a rapper, a singer, a producer, an artist and an actor, and that he was especially proud of his most recent album. He also said that he hoped to make a new one soon.

“I cover all the bases,” he said. “It means a lot more to me than the stuff I did growing up because I wrote and produced everything.”

Carter said that he was “never going to give up” on making music and that, despite the turbulence, he had enjoyed his career. He also vowed to regain custody of his son, who Page Six reported was temporarily placed in the care of the mother of Carter’s fiancée amid concerns about domestic violence and drug use.

“I’m about to turn 35,” Carter said. “I’m a grown man and it’s time to start behaving that way and do the right thing and focus on myself, my career, my son and my family.”

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