Singer and brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick dies aged 34

Singer Aaron Carter, who was the brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick, has died aged 34.

A spokesperson confirmed the news to The Independentwriting: “We are extremely saddened and shocked to confirm the death of Aaron Carter today. At this time, his cause of death is under investigation.

“We ask that you give the family time and they will have more information as it becomes available. We cannot express the outpouring of love that is happening.

Carter gained recognition after opening for the Backstreet Boys on their 1997 tour when he was just 10 years old.

Her self-titled debut album was released later that year and her second disc, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)went triple platinum after its release in 2000.

Songs featured on the album include “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat”.

That same year, he toured with Britney Spears on her Oops!…I Did It Again tour.

He released his last single, “Fool’s Gold”, in 2016, along with his fifth album, To like arriving in 2017. The singer’s acting credits include Lizzie McGuire and the Broadway musical seustic.

He also appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the stars in 2009, in which he finished in fifth place, and the Food Network cooking series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off in 2012.

In recent years, Carter had suffered from drug addiction and had been involved in a series of drug-related arrests.

Aaron Carter has died aged 34 (Getty Images)

Tributes poured in for the singer, with songwriter Diane Warren writing: ‘Fame at a young age is often more of a curse than a blessing and surviving it isn’t easy. RIP Aaron Carter.

TV personality Joey Sasso wrote: “I feel bad about the passing of Aaron Carter. He always seemed like such a tortured soul. He just had his son. Now a boy is fatherless and this man has passed way too young. Just a terrible one day tragedy. RIP Aaron.

Carter is survived by her son, Prince.

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