Aaron Carter: Backstreet Boys star leads tributes to late brother

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Aaron Carter (R) was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick, pictured here in 2004
By James FitzGerald
BBC News

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has led tributes after the death of his younger brother and fellow star Aaron.

In a social media post Nick, 42, said the pair had a “complicated relationship” but his love had “never ever faded” for Aaron, who was 34.

Nick’s band also dedicated a song to the younger Carter during a concert in London on Sunday evening.

Aaron’s body was found at his California home on Saturday. No cause of death has yet been disclosed.

A statement from the late singer’s team that day confirmed the news, promising more information when it was available.

US media reported that police found the lifeless body of the I Want Candy singer in the bath.

Carter, a former child star, sold millions of albums, having gained fame as an opening act for the Backstreet Boys in the late 1990s.

His brother Nick, a member of the American boy band, wrote online: “I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know.”

His post acknowledged that their brotherhood had not been without its tensions, which culminated in the elder Carter taking out a restraining order against his sibling in 2019.

Alluding to Aaron’s well-documented struggles – which reportedly included multiple trips to rehab – Nick commented: “Addiction and mental illness are the real villains here”.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nick Carter (@nickcarter)Footage shared online showed Kevin Richardson, another member of the Backstreet Boys, acknowledging the news during a performance which went ahead on Sunday night.He told a crowd at London’s The 02 venue that the band had “heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday”.In the clip – posted by reviews website All That Dazzles – Richardson thanked fans for their support.A silent Nick Carter was comforted by his bandmates, before the group went on to dedicate a performance of their song Breathe to their former touring companion.Other stars – including Paris Hilton, Tyler Hilton and Hilary Duff, and bands New Kids on the Block and *NSYNC – have posted their own messages remembering the singer.Sad to hear about the news of @aaroncarter 😢 He was always kind to my family and I. He had a good heart. Gone way too soon. 😔Sending my thoughts and condolences to his loved ones and family. RIP 🙏— ParisHilton (@ParisHilton) November 6, 2022The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on TwitterWe are saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Aaron Carter today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Aaron #gonetosoon pic.twitter.com/4bZR8xStT8— *NSYNC (@NSYNC) November 6, 2022The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on TwitterMore on this storyUS singer and rapper Aaron Carter dies aged 341 day agoRelated TopicsHip-hopUnited StatesCaliforniaMusic