'I'll be gone': From drug abuse battle to disturbing videos, a peek into the troubled life of Aaron Carter
Carter live-streamed a video on November 1, 2022, just a few days before his death, which raised some concerns as the 34-year-old rapper seemed to be in a bad state
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The death of Aaron Carter, who was found dead in a bathtub at his house in Lancaster on Saturday morning, November 5, 2022, left fans and friends in shock. However, from multiple trips to rehab for his drug addiction to being diagnosed with personality disorder, schizophrenia, and acute anxiety, Carter’s troubled history was not unknown. And the recent disturbing videos just add to it.
Prior to his tragic death, Carter shared an eerie music video that showed the shirtless singer-turned-rapper singing the lyrics, “I’ll tell my honey I’ll be gone but it’s not for long,” where he could be seen holding a cigarette as he rapped with CheckTheStar. The song is called 'Lately' (featuring Aaron Carter).
Another video, which he live streamed on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, just a few days before his death, also raised some concerns as the 34-year-old rapper seemed to be in a bad state. In the video, Carter was seen wearing a hoodie and white cap as he conveyed his Halloween wishes to his fans and later showed his collection of guns. The former heartthrob was heard slurring the statements as he said, "Show me if you ever trusted him", and "My mom told me never to trust him."
Carter was seen in an RV, in which he was pulled over by officers from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, allegedly for DUI. The officers on the scene then conducted a sobriety test and found that he was not drunk or otherwise under the influence of illicit substances at that time, as previously reported.
According to The Sun, in September 2022, Carter willingly entered a rehabilitation program for a fifth time in an attempt to regain custody of his son Prince, who was born in November 2021 with his on-and-off partner Melanie Martin. He made it clear that he was not addicted to Xanax but was attempting to avoid marijuana. He said, "The main reason why I enrolled into Lionrock Recovery outpatient is to help with the weed. I don't want to smoke weed anymore. I don't really need to. I have a medicinal marijuana license to grow up to 99 plants a year. But I threw away all that gear, I sold all of it, got rid of all my plants and my strains I was growing. And I was never even told I had to do that by DCFS [Department of Children and Family Services] or by the State of California."
He further added, "They never took away my guns, they never took away my regimented medications. Even in the court, the DCFS tried to mentally evaluate me, but the judge had one conversation with me and said, 'No, he doesn't need all that. I want to see him do this step, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.' It's an abstinence program and I work with an individual counselor," adding that it was a suggestion from the court but not mandatory. "I do group therapy, parenting classes, domestic violence classes, I got myself certified in CPR, just a lot of different things."
Carter struggled with substance abuse and his mental health issues and had opened up about it on the show 'The Doctors' about the pills he was taking.
Details of death
The death of Carter, who is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, as previously reported. Carter’s representative also told, as quoted by the New York Post, "It is with great regret to confirm Aaron Carter was found unresponsive this am in his home in Palmdale, CA. The family has been notified and will be flying out to Los Angeles. Aaron worked very hard towards the end of his life in recovery, to be a good father and to make amends with his family.”
However, Carter’s cause of death is currently unknown.