Nick Carter remembers his little brother Aaron Carter. That Backstreet Boys star took to social media on Sunday (November 6) to share a heartbreaking tribute to her late sibling, who died on Nov. 5 at the age of 34.
“My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never wavered,” Nick Carter wrote on Instagram along with a photo gallery of childhood photos with his brother.
“I always held onto the hope that somehow he would want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss , but the truth is that addiction and mental illness are the real villain here.”
Over the years, the relationship between the two was turbulent, complete with love and support, but fraught with recriminations and eventually a restraining order. See a full timeline of their rocky relationship here.
Nick Carter ended his emotional message, writing, “I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find on this earth…I love you little brother .”
Aaron Carter’s manager confirmed the singer’s death Billboard on Nov. 5. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department also said The Hollywood Reporter that a suspicious death occurred at his address but did not confirm the identity.
Aaron Carter’s self-titled debut album was released in 1997, and it was followed by the 2000s Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He went on to release three more studio albums. The singer also worked in scripted and reality television, with highlights including an appearance on Lizzie McGuireco-starring with his siblings on House of the Cartersand compete further Dancing with the stars.
Other musicians who hailed to Aaron Carter after his passing included singer and actress Hilary Duff, legendary songwriter Diane Warren, musician Tyler Hilton, pop group New Kids on the Block and many others.
Watch Nick Carter’s tribute to his brother on Instagram below.