Aaron Carter, the singer-actor who quickly became a teen craze in the early 2000s and who was known for his hit song “I Want Candy,” was found dead Saturday in New York City. home in Southern California. He is 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 of death.
According to Deputy Alejandra Parra, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday and found a person dead there. Officials said they have yet to confirm it was Mr. Carter.
Mr. Carter, who released his first album at the age of 9 and the hit album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” at the age of 12, has become a staple on age-appropriate shows and magazines. teen and appeared on shows like “Lizzie McGuire”.
“Aaron’s Party” peaks at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling some three million copies. He has released five studio albums and was a contestant on the show “Dancing With the Stars.”
His career then stalled and in recent years he has been caught up in legal troubles and talks about his struggle with addiction. In 2018, he released his first album in 15 years, “Love”, to garner warm reviews.
Mr. Carter started performing for the first time at age 7, singing lead vocals for the band Dead End for two years, according to an online bio.
At the age of 9, he opened for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin making his first solo appearance. (His brother, Nick Carter, was a member of the band.)
The performance led to a record deal and then the release of his first single, “Crush on You”. He also opened for Britney Spears.
The pop star is also an actor, starring in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “7th Heaven.”
McKenna Oxenden contribution report.