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Singer and rapper Aaron Carter dies at 34 : NPR


Singer Aaron Carter, pictured in 2012 in New York City, has died aged 34.

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Singer Aaron Carter, pictured in 2012 in New York City, has died aged 34.

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Singer, rapper and actor Aaron Carter has passed away at the age of 34, his representative confirmed to NPR.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday that police are investigating the suspicious death at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California.

Carter’s fiancée, Melanie Martin, has asked for privacy as the family grieve.

“We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality,” Martin said in a statement Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

Carter had his first hit when he was 9 years old, a cover of The Jets’ 1980s hit “Crush on You”.

Carter’s 2000 album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), which sold 3 million copies and produced hit singles including the title track and “I Want Candy.” His videos are broadcast regularly on Disney and Nickelodeon.

The Florida-born boy continued touring with his brother Nick Carter’s band, the Backstreet Boys, releasing four studio albums and appearing on Dancing with the stars.

His life is also full of controversies. Carter has been repeatedly arrested on drug-related charges, publicizing family feuds on social media and accusing siblings of sexually abusing him.

Materials from the Associated Press were included in this report.

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