The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said on Tuesday that Aaron Carter, a musician and actor best known for the popular song “I Want Candy,” inadvertently drowned in his bathtub on 5 November after ingesting sedatives and inhaling a spray cleaner.
The 34-year-old Mr. Carter was last seen alive by Sheriff’s deputies who went to his home to check on his welfare at around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, after Mr. Carter was spotted “huffing” an inhalant on an Instagram live video, according to a police report that was included in the coroner’s findings, The Associated Press reported.
According to the police report the A.P. got, Mr. Carter had begged the authorities to leave, and they had.
According to the police report, a housekeeper who heard Mr. Carter’s dogs barking the next day and did not hear from him allowed herself inside his residence. According to the report, the woman discovered Mr. Carter immersed in the Jacuzzi-style bathtub with the jets running while he was wearing a T-shirt and a necklace. She then dialled 911. Assisting Mr. Carter with CPR, the operator instructed the housekeeper to remove him from the tub. When the paramedics came, they quickly pronounced him dead, according to the police.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office said in a report released on Tuesday that Mr. Carter died as a result of “drowning” and the “effects of difluoroethane and alprazolam.” Inhaling the gas difluoroethane, which is often found in spray cleansers and is used to make the anxiety drug alprazolam, may result in sensations of pleasure.
On Tuesday night, inquiries for further details did not immediately get a response from the coroner’s office.
According to an internet biography, Mr. Carter started performing when he was 7 years old, singing lead for the band Dead End for two years. He was referred to as a “tween heartthrob” in The New York Times in 2004. He made his debut solo performance at age 9 as the Backstreet Boys’ opener in Berlin. The performance resulted in a record deal, which was followed by the release of his first song, “Crush on You.” As Britney Spears’ opener, he was also.
At the age of 12, he issued the well-known album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” which achieved its highest position on the Billboard 200 chart in 2003 at No. 4 and sold almost three million copies. Mr. Carter often appeared in adolescent periodicals and television programmes, including “Lizzie McGuire.” He competed on “Dancing With the Stars” and published five studio albums.
However, Mr. Carter’s career eventually hit a wall, and in more recent times, he found himself in legal difficulty. Additionally, he discussed his battle with addiction. He put out his debut album in around 15 years, “Love,” in 2018, to mixed reviews.
According to the A.P.’s citation of a police report, Mr. Carter had a “known history of substance abuse,” including abuse of inhalants, which had resulted in several encounters with the police. Several prescription bottles and cans of an electronic duster that he used to inhale were discovered by investigators, according to the report.
The Backstreet Boys member and Mr. Carter’s elder brother, Nick Carter, stated in a statement at the time of his passing that despite their “complicated” relationship, his love for him had “never ever faded.”
“The real villain here is addiction and mental illness,” he said. More than anybody could ever imagine, I shall miss my brother.