- Aaron Carter died at age 34 Saturday in his home in Palmdale, California
- Fans paid tribute to him on social media, dubbing him “the Justin Bieber of his generation”
- Carter’s debut album in 1997 catapulted him to fame at the age of 10
Aaron Carter’s fans paid tribute to the singer following his death at age 34, with some branding him as the Justin Bieber of his generation.
Carter was found unresponsive in his home in California Saturday. The “I’m All About You” singer’s rep confirmed his death on the same day.
Carter’s passing sparked nostalgic posts from his supporters, who took to Twitter to recall his many hits and most memorable moments and liken his impact to that of another pop sensation who reached stardom at a young age.
“Damn, Aaron Carter was my Justin Bieber when I was growing up. I still remember when he appeared on the ‘Lizzie McGuire Show.’ He was a swagged out young kid,” a third user wrote.
“Aaron Carter was the Justin Bieber of the ’90s. Every girl, including me, growing up had a poster of him on our walls. His music and talent will never be forgotten. RIP,” another fan added.
“This is so heartbreaking. Aaron Carter was the Justin Bieber of the ’90s. He stole our hearts with his hit ‘I Want Candy.’ RIP Aaron Carter,” another user said.
“He walked so Justin Bieber could run,” a different user tweeted.
“Before Justin Bieber, there was Aaron Carter who had all the ’90s girls in a chokehold. RIP,” another person wrote.
Carter started his career by serving as the opening act of his older brother Nick Carter’s band Backstreet Boys in 1997. The younger Carter landed a record contract and released his self-titled debut album, which featured the hit track “Crush on You,” in the same year. The record went gold and catapulted him to fame at the age of 10, Variety reported.
Carter’s second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It),” was released in 2000, featuring tracks like “That’s How I Beat Shaq” and “I Want Candy.” The album went triple-platinum, leading him to serve as the opening act on tours by Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
He released two more albums, “Oh Aaron” in 2001 and “Another Earthquake” in 2002.
Carter appeared on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel programs such as “Lizzie McGuire” and “All That.” He also starred alongside his siblings in their short-lived reality show “House of Carters.”
Carter appeared as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 9. In 2016, he returned to his music with his single “Fool’s Gold,” before releasing his fifth album “Love” two years later.
Carter revealed in 2019 that he had been diagnosed with multiple mental health issues.
“The official diagnosis is that I suffer from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression,” he said in a two-part candid interview on “The Doctors,” according to TMZ, before rattling off a variety of pills he had been taking. “I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Trazodone [and] Omeprazen.”
He held up a Ziplock bag full of pill bottles and said, “This is my reality. Hi. I have nothing to hide.”
Carter is survived by his 11-month-old son Prince, whom he shared with his ex-fiancée Melanie Martin.