'He's dead!': Aaron Carter’s neighbors heard CHILLING screams as his body was found in bathtub
The tragedy befell just weeks after Aaron said he had checked into rehab in an effort to regain the custody of his son Prince
Neighbors of Aaron Carter apparently heard someone screaming, "He's dead, he's dead," when he was discovered in a bathtub after dying of a suspected drug overdose.
Carter, 34, was found "unresponsive" by a staff member at his home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday morning, November 5. His partner Melanie Martin, 30, was later spotted at the scene, appearing devastated as she sat outside the house. Homicide detectives arrived at the residence shortly after, per standard procedure for deaths under such circumstances.
The tragedy occurred just weeks after Aaron told The Sun that he had entered rehab to regain custody of his son Prince. The embattled father said in the interview that Melanie's mother was awarded custody of the 10-month-old child by court order. Aaron has reportedly enrolled in a month-long outpatient program at the Lionrock Rehab Center in Los Angeles. However, his closest confidants believe he may have relapsed after struggling with debilitating addiction issues for the past decade. According to reports, some of his closest confidants had been begging him to check into an inpatient rehab center for the past two weeks, as they were concerned about his erratic behavior.
Sources told The Sun that Aaron smoked marijuana late into the night and "seemed out of it and high" in conversations with friends. His mother Jane reportedly flew from her home in Florida to California when she heard the heartbreaking news. Meanwhile, his brother Nick is said to be "devastated" as Aaron had been trying to patch up the long-standing dispute between the two for months. Nick is currently on tour in Europe with the Backstreet Boys.
"It is with great regret that I confirm Aaron Carter was found unresponsive this morning in his home in Palmdale, California," a spokesperson for Aaron told The Sun in a statement. "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. Unfortunately without proper recovery facilities available in our country and open borders, this is why we have an epidemic."
An eyewitness described the scene on Saturday as "chaos" and rife with police cars and media vans. Neighbors stood around in the street while the devastated Melanie was seen wiping away tears and hugged her loved ones. Tony Cheval, a neighbor and a local photojournalist, told The Sun, "I have a police scanner for work and heard the call come in that there was an unresponsive male in the bathtub. My wife is a nurse and we headed over and banged on the door, she had her AED [automated external defibrillator] with her. A woman answered the door and was screaming 'he's dead, he's dead' but wouldn't let us in because she’d already called the cops. I spoke to Melanie afterward and she said it was his maid, and questioned why she wouldn’t let us in. Melanie drove up from Orange County, she was distraught."
Another witness said Aaron's house-sitten looked "shaken" as she spoke to the authorities before being escorted out of the residence with her belongings. "The house-sitter was the only person behind the police tape for a long," the witness told The Sun anonymously. "Melanie had to wait hours before police would even tell her anything, and she was desperate to see their many pet dogs still in the house."
Meanwhile, a close pal seemed certain that Aaron did not kill himself and that he had plans to go into the studio and record new music next week. "Aaron did not commit suicide," the friend declared to The Sun on condition of anonymity. "He was planning to work on music in the next week with some artists from out of town. He was locking down [the] studio, planning travel logistics, and seemed very excited. Any suggestion he was suicidal last night when he was in contact with his friends and team is wrong," they added.