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Aaron Carter, singer and rapper, dies at 34 in California

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Carter, the singer-rapper who started performing as a child and had hit albums from his teenage years, was found dead Saturday at his home in Southern California . He was 34 years old.

Carter’s family representatives have confirmed the singer’s death. They provided no immediate further comment.

Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, has opened for Britney Spears and her brother’s boy band, and appeared on the family reality series “House of Carters” on E! Entertainment television.

Deputies responded around 11 a.m. following reports of a medical emergency at the home in Lancaster, a desert town about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles, said LA County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alejandra Parra.

Parra said deputies found a deceased person at the residence, but she could not immediately confirm that it was Carter.

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

“We are still coming to terms with this sad reality,” Martin said in a statement Saturday. “Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

Carter opened for the Backstreet Boys tour in 1997 – the same year his self-titled, gold-selling debut album was released. He achieved triple platinum status with his second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” in 2000, which produced hit singles including the title track and “I Want Candy”. His videos have been shown regularly on Disney and Nickelodeon.

The singer earned acting credits through his appearance on TV shows such as “Lizzie McGuire.” He starred alongside his brother, Nick, and their siblings BJ, Leslie and Angel Carter on the E! unscripted series “House of Carters” in 2006.

Carter made her Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo in “Who in Seussical the Musical.” In 2009, he appeared on the ABC competition show “Dancing with the Stars”, finishing in fifth place with his partner Karina Smirnoff. He was featured on the Food Network cooking show “Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” in 2012.

In 2017, Carter opened up about his drug addiction on an episode of “The Doctors.” He was in rehab the same year after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges. He has been treated a few times in an effort to regain custody of his son Prince.

Carter’s fifth and final studio album, “LOVE”, was released in 2018.