UPDATED to clarify: The Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s office has released a statement following the death Saturday of rapper, singer Aaron Carter.
The office confirmed Carter was pronounced dead at 11:14 AM Saturday, Nov. 5 at his home in Lancaster, CA. The cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation following an autopsy on Sunday. The doctor examined the body and is requesting additional information to determine cause and manner of death, according to a statement from the coroner’s office.
TMZ first reported Saturday that authorities received a 911 call around 11 am with a report of a man who had apparently drowned in a bathtub at Carter’s home. The sheriff’s department confirmed a man had died at the home but would not confirm Carter’s identity. Carter’s representative later confirmed the singer’s death.
Carter first drew attention in the late 1990s, releasing a self-titled album in 1997 at age 9 that sold 1 million copies worldwide. That set the stage for Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) in 2000, which sold 3 million copies in the US. He became a teen idol, touring with the Backstreet Boys (his brother, Nick, was a group member) and appearing frequently on Nickelodeon.
His next album, Oh Aaron, also sold 1 million copies. He released his fourth album in 2002, with a greatest hits collection in 2003.
Beyond recording, Carter was a guest on TV’s Dancing with the Stars, appeared in the Broadway musical Seussical and the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, and had many other one-off television appearances.
Despite the career success, Carter was frequently in legal hot water. He had several arrests, starting in 2008. He filed for bankruptcy in 2013, citing $3.5 million in debts. He also alarmed fans with a haggard and gaunt personal appearance. He eventually entered rehab.
By 2021, he had begun posting nude photos to OnlyFans and engaged in a boxing match with ex-Laker and fellow reality TV star Lamar Odom. Carter was knocked out in the second round of the match.
Rosy Cordero contributed to this report.
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