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How Did Aaron Carter Die? A Story of Child Stardom and Drug Abuse [Updated December 2023]

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Aaron Carter performing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY. Photo by Peter Dzubay in 2014.

If you were around in the late 1990s and early 2000s, then you likely knew Aaron Carter as a young singer who stole the hearts of many at just ten years old—the original Justin Bieber.

Sadly, Carter died unexpectedly in 2022 to the heartbreak of fans everywhere. How did Aaron Carter die? What was Aaron Carter’s cause of death? Read on to learn the answers to those questions and more as we explore everything about the child star and how his career has evolved from his early beginnings.

How Did Aaron Carter Die?

Aaron Carter was found dead in his home in California. Police report that they were called to the home and found Aaron Carter dead in the bathtub when they arrived. Reportedly, he was found in the bathtub by his housekeeper. Later, Aaron Carter’s cause of death was ruled an accidental drowning after inhaling difluoroethane and taking alprazolam by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coronor. 

In the past few years, Aaron Carter has been very open about his struggles with mental health and drug addiction.

Before his death, Aaron Carter posted several odd videos of himself, many of which concerned fans.

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When Did Aaron Carter Die?

Aaron Carter died on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

How Old Was Aaron Carter When He Died?

Aaron Carter was 34 years old when he died.

Where is Aaron Carter Buried?

Following Aaron Carter’s funeral, he was cremated and buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. His ashes were spread near his deceased sister, where his final resting place was revealed by his twin sister, Angel, following Aaron Carter’s funeral.

Who Inherited Aaron Carter’s Money?

According to his attorney, the entirety of Aaron Carter’s $550,000 estate is to be inherited by his only son, Prince, who was just 1 year old at the time of his death.

What was Aaron Carter’s Last Words?

While we may never know what Aaron Carter’s final words were in real-time, we do know of his final text conversation, which happened around 6:32 p.m. Friday, November 4, just one day before his death.

The final conversation between him and his friend Taylor saw him celebrating his newest album as his friend praised him, saying he deserved a Grammy for his latest completion. To which Carter replied, “Huge! Our best work yet.”

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Paparazzo Presents…Aaron Carter’s return to the stage on July 30, 2010 in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY.

Who was Aaron Carter?

Aaron Carter is a famous singer whose career began when he was a singer of a band called Dead End in Tampa.

Although he eventually left the band due to musical differences, it helped him to discover his musical talents, which led to his big break when he was just 9 years old when he opened for the Backstreet Boys in 1997.

When was Aaron Carter Born?

Aaron Charles Carter, aka Aaron Carter’s birthdate was December 7, 1987.

Aaron Carter’s Zodiac sign was Sagittarius. That means he had great wisdom and knowledge of the occult.

Aaron Carter’s Ethnicity

While Aaron Carter was Caucasian on the surface, he had some exciting heritage characteristics in his genes, including Blackfoot Native American and Jewish ancestry.

Where Was Aaron Carter From?

Aaron Carter was born and raised in Tampa, Florida.

Where Did Aaron Carter Live?

Aaron Carter was living in Lancaster, California, at the time of his death.

How Tall Was Aaron Carter?

Aaron Carter’s height was exactly 6 feet tall, aka 1.8 meters. 

How Much Did Aaron Carter Weigh?

Aaron Carter’s massive height brought up some questions in the past, as in 2017, the star was only 115lbs (53kg), making him severely underweight. It is unclear how much he weighed at the time of his 2022 death. 

How Did Aaron Carter Become Famous?

Aaron Carter took the world by storm when he was only 9 years old, opening up for his brother’s hit boy band, the Backstreet Boys. Soon after, he landed a record deal of his own, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Aaron Carter and Santa Claus being briefed on the NORAD Tracks Santa program in November 2002 by Major Douglas Martin, Canadian Forces, Deputy Director of NORAD Public Affairs and Chief Santa Tracker. Photo by NORAD Public Affairs

Aaron Carter’s Parents

Unlike other celebrities, Aaron’s parents, Jane Eleonora Schneck and Robert Gene Carter, weren’t famous; instead, they ran a retirement home.

They must have some good genes, however, as Aaron isn’t their only famous son, as his brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys is also renowned. Additionally, Aaron Carter has a twin sister, Angel, who is a model, and two other sisters.

Aaron Carter’s Siblings

Unfortunately, Aaron Carter did not have a good relationship with his siblings. Aaron Carter’s sister, who died, Leslie, is accused by the singer of having molested him from the time he was 10 until he was 13 years old.

Reportedly, this happened when she stopped taking her bipolar meds. Leslie died in 2012 of a drug overdose.

Despite touring with Nick Carter for a while, Aaron also accused him of abuse, saying Nick had abused him as well as another female member of the family.

Nick Carter denies all of these allegations.

The others of Aaron Carter’s sisters include his twin, Angel, who is a model, and Bobbie Jean, who died in 2023. Aaron Carter also had two half-siblings, including Ginger Lee Carter, who died in 2023, and Kaden Carter. 

Who Was Aaron Carter Dating?

There’s always been a question about the Aaron Carter sexuality as of late. 

In 2017, the pop singer came out to the public on Twitter that he is bisexual. It appeared, however, that he only had serious relationships with women, the most famous being Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.

At the end of his life, Carter was engaged to his long-time girlfriend Melanie Martin, with whom he had a son. 

Aaron Carter’s Children

Aaron Carter’s son, Prince, his one and only, was born on November 22, 2021, just one year prior to Carter’s unexpected death.


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Aaron Carter’s Net Worth

As of November 2022, Aaron Carter’s net worth was said to be about $400,000. We suspect it could have been much higher if the celebrity hadn’t had so many past run-ins with the law and bankruptcy on his record. He also had some unique spending habits.

How Did Aaron Carter Get Rich?

Aaron Carter’s wealth and riches, although scarce by the end of his life, were thanks to his success in music, which included touring, albums, and hits for days. He also held some acting roles from time to time, which helped with his money and income.

Aaron Carter’s Cars

Throughout his life, Aaron Carter was known to have one of the finest collections ever known, featuring a plethora of ultra-luxurious vehicles and sports cars to boot. Some of his most notable included a 1967 Buick Riviera, a BMW M3, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a Cadillac Escalade, and a McLaren MP4-12C.

With these expensive pieces of machinery in his possession, he was holding at least $500,000 in and of itself.

Aaron Carter’s House

Recently, the house that Aaron Carter died in was put up for sale, according to TMZ. The L.A. County home, which is undergoing renovations in the bathroom where the singer was found, is a 4,131 square-foot beauty in Lancaster, listed for nearly eight-hundred-fifty thousand dollars.

The home includes seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and more luxurious features.

When Carter first purchased the home back in 2019, he boasted about it on Twitter, now known as X, saying: “I finally own my first home in California, I have a place to call my own, worked diligently and consecutively on myself Mind Body & Soul and kept myself out of trouble, I get to do what I love every day thanks to everyone who believed in me At this point in my life.” [sic].

Carter, at the time, purchased the home for a whopping price of $430,000. Talk about a cost increase.

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Aaron Carter performing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY. Photo by Peter Dzubay in 2014.

Aaron Carter’s Tattoos?

Aaron Carter wasn’t afraid to support the permanent ink toward the end of his life. He had a few artworks to show off, too, including the word “Freedom” on his forehead, the word “Karma” above his left eye, and his son’s name, Prince, under his right eye.

He also had a tattoo in tribute to his late sister, Leslie, which featured a giant butterfly face tattoo.

“Every time I see a blue butterfly, [it reminds me of her],” the “Fool’s Gold” singer told People. “She loved blue; it was her favorite color. She had the most beautiful icy blue eyes in the world.”

Early Life

Aaron Carter had a seemingly normal childhood growing up, that is, if you don’t count his vast musical talents. As already established, his parents ran a retirement home until their divorce in 2004. He attended regular school, including Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida, before embarking on his musical goals.


Aaron Carter’s initial singing career lasted from 1997 to 2005 and ended when multiple lawsuits, tax issues, and issues between him and his record deals began to arise.

He continued to perform from time to time, but he canceled one of his last record deals in 2006 at just 19 years old.

In 2008, the star found himself in trouble when he was arrested in Kimble County, Texas, for possession of marijuana. Little did he know at the time that this wouldn’t be his last run-in with the law.

After the end of the early portion of his singing career, Carter found himself paired with Karina Smirnoff in Dancing with the Stars for Season 9, in which they finished in 5th place.

In 2010, Carter released a new single, “Dance With Me,” only to shock fans when he later entered a treatment facility (rehab) supposedly to treat his mental health and drug problems and was released just a month later.

He went on to join the musical theater world, performing in shows like The Fantasticks. He further surprised fans in 2013 when he returned to the music world for an around-the-world tour with 150 shows called the After Party Tour. This same year, he filed for bankruptcy due to tax issues that have been plaguing him since 2003.

2017 and 2019 both saw Aaron Carter once again in trouble with the law. In 2017, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and for possessing marijuana again. In 2019, he had legal issues of a different type, as he claimed his girlfriend tried to stab him and that he needed a restraining order—which was eventually granted.

In 2021, he turned over a new leaf when he announced there would be an Aaron Carter vs. Lamar Odom boxing fight, which would take place on June 11 of that year. Lamar Odom won after knocking Aaron out in the second round.

In 2021, Aaron Carter was supposed to join a stage show in Las Vegas, but the deal didn’t go through because the singer wasn’t vaccinated for COVID-19. In July 2022, the singer signed a deal with Checkthestar, indicating that he would return to the musical world soon thereafter.

As for his personal life, Aaron Carter and his ex-girlfriend (or on-again, off-again girlfriend) Melanie Martin welcomed a son, Prince Lyric, in November 2021.

He also kept busy keeping up with his OnlyFans page and buying new cars and guns. There were also occasional videos released of interviews with Carter, but fans agree they were weird.

How Much Money Did Aaron Carter Make Boxing?

The official dollar amount Aaron Carter made in his boxing match against Lamar Odom has not been named. However, he said in one interview that he was set to make millions whether he won or lost.

Aaron Carter was supposed to wrestle Benzino but later backed out of that wrestling match.

Aaron Carter OnlyFans

Because his net worth wasn’t all that impressive, it wasn’t surprising that Aaron Carter opened OnlyFans in March 2020 to make money. He charged between $50-$100 for nudes. Or, fans could have access to all the Aaron Carter nude photos they wanted for $26 a month.

What Was Aaron Carter Been Diagnosed With?

Aaron Carter was very open about his mental health. He confessed on an episode of The Doctors that he has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, anxiety, and bipolar disorder and was prescribed a slew of pills for handling his illnesses.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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