Aaron Carter’s death has been ruled an accident, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner.
The late singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys frontman Nick Carter was found dead on November 5 at the age of 34. At the time, no cause of death was given, but according to an autopsy report obtained by The Hollywood ReporterCarter’s death was an accident, caused by drowning and the effects of difluoroethane and alprazolam, a generic form of Xanax.
The toxicology report revealed the presence of difluoroethane, a gas commonly used in compressed air cleaners for electronic devices that can induce feelings of euphoria when inhaled, the report explains. Alprazolam, on the other hand, can have depressant effects, which can cause drowsiness and sedation, according to the coroner.
The inquest into Carter’s death found the singer was submerged in his bathtub when medical responders arrived. Carter had become “incapacitated in the bathtub due to the effects of inhaling compressed gas and alprazolam”, according to the report. Inhaling these products and drugs rendered him overwhelmed and “unable to breathe” and “ultimately led to his death”.
A representative from Carter’s management company first confirmed THR that he was found dead at his home in Lancaster, California.
The singer was open about his struggles with drug addiction over the years and checked himself into rehab in September 2022 in a bid to regain custody of his son.
Carter has been in the limelight for most of her life, riding on the success of her platinum albums. Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) And Oh Aaron to the superstar. The first, released in 2000, featured some of his greatest hits, including “I Want Candy”, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, and “That’s How I Beat Shaq”. Carter opened for the Backstreet Boys on a few of their tours and for Britney Spears on her Oops!…I Did It Again tour.
He released two albums after Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) and appeared on shows like Lizzie McGuire, Sabrina the Teenage Witch And 7th Skyas well as films such as Fat Albert And super cross. He has also made appearances on unscripted television shows, including House of the Carterswhich starred his siblings Nick, BJ, Leslie and Angel.
In January, Angel Conrad and Lance Bass hosted a benefit concert honoring the late Carter and raised more than $150,000 for a nonprofit that raises awareness about children’s mental health. Nick, Bass, David Archuleta, AJ McLean, O-Town, LFO (Brad Fischetti), Ryan Cabrera, B. Howard and Jeff Timmons, among others, performed. Friends and loved ones also shared fond memories of Carter and shared her unreleased song “Recovery.”