Aaron Carter, who became famous as a child pop star of hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” died at the age of 34 on Saturday (November 5). In the wake of his death, other artists and TV stars paid tribute to Aaron, the younger brother Backstreet BoysNick Carter.
Carter’s manager confirmed his death to Billboard on Saturday. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department also said The Hollywood Reporter that a suspicious death occurred at Carter’s address, but did not confirm the identity.
“Fame at a young age is often more of a curse than a blessing and it’s not easy to survive. RIP Aaron Carter,” legendary songwriter Diane Warren wrote on Twitter.
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: Oh Aaron (2001), Another earthquake! (2002) and Love (2018). Carter also worked in scripted and reality television, with highlights including an appearance on Lizzie McGuiree, starring with his siblings on House of the Carters and compete further Dancing with the stars.
“Good… This @aaroncarter news is heartbreaking … this boy had such a spark,” wrote musician Tyler Hilton. “Knowed him for years and always liked him, he was warm and really funny. Loved to put on a show and he was good at it. I’ll find some pictures of us and post more later… damn RIP budddd.”
See reactions to Aaron Carter’s death below.