More than five months after his passing, Aaron Carter’s cause of death is finally revealed.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, the singer died on November 5 due to drowning. Meanwhile, secondary causes of his death include alprazolam, known by the brand Xanax, compressed gas, and difluoroethane. The report claimed his death was an accident and the case is now closed.
TMZ, which obtained the coroner’s full report, stated that the singer became “incapacitated while in the bathtub due to the effects” of the substances which led to his drowning.
Aaron was only 34 when he passed away. That time, he was found unresponsive in his home in Southern California.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies at Lancaster station responded to a call by the house sitter at around 11:00 a.m. The house sitter reported finding an unresponsive male in a bathtub and was then asked to do CPR. However, the man was pronounced dead after authorities arrived at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department didn’t confirm his identity immediately.
Family, friends, and fans paid tributes to the late singer who became famous for his hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It).” One of them was his brother and Backstreet Boys member, Nick Carter.
He shared on Instagram on November 6, “My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.”
Nick also reflected on his brother’s battle with addiction and mental illness, saying, “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here.”
He added, “I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth….God,Please take care of my baby brother.”
Aaron and his on and off girlfriend, Melanie Martin, have a son, Prince, whom they welcomed almost a year before his death.