Aaron Carter’s brother Nick pays tribute to late singer: ‘God, please watch over my little brother’
Aaron Carter’s older brother Nick is heartbroken in the aftermath the singer died at the age of 34he wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday, saying that despite their “complicated relationship,” his love for Carter “has never faded.”
“I always hoped that somehow, one day he would want to walk the healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed,” Nick Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys, he wrote in the caption next to the photos of the brothers through the years. “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for the loss. But the truth is that addiction and mental illness are the real villain here.”
“I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know,” he added. “I love you Chizz, now you have a chance to finally have the peace you can never find here on earth…God, please watch over my little brother.”
Nick Carter’s statement on Sunday follows a source close to the family told CNN on Saturday that Carter, who rose to fame as a boy with songs like “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” was found dead in his bathtub.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN that on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, they responded to a call for help at Carter’s Lancaster, California, where a deceased person was found.
Nick Carter’s tribute followed the other by his sister, Aaron’s twin Angela, he wrote on Instagram“To my twin… I loved you beyond measure.”
“My funny, sweet Aaron, I have so many memories of you and I, and I promise to cherish them. I know you are at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and see you again.”
The singer has previously been open about his struggles with mental health, but once denied having a substance abuse problem in an interview with CNN.
Carter has had a difficult relationship with his siblings at times: In 2019, Nick announced that he and Angel filed a request for a restraining order against their brother, stating in a statement that his youngest brother allegedly harbored “intentions to kill my wife and unborn child.” Aaron Carter had denied the chargessaying that he does not wish harm on anyone.
In addition to his siblings, those paying tribute to Carter include Hilary Duff, who played the titular character on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” on which Carter once appeared as a guest star.
“To Aaron – I’m so sorry that your life was so difficult and that you had to fight in front of the whole world,” wrote Duff on Instagram.
“You had a charm that was absolutely radiant… boy did my teenage girl fall for you,” she added. “Sending love to your family at this time.”
Actress Melissa Joan Hart also expressed her condolences, posted a photo of herself with Carter and wrote, “Sending love to the family, friends and fans of #AaronCarter. Rest in peace!”
The band New Kids on the Block shared their crushes similarly in a statement on Twitter: “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Aaron Carter. Sending prayers to the Carter family. Rest in peace Aaron.”
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