Rising country music star Justin Carter died in an unfortunate shooting accident, apparently involving a gun that was being used as a prop for a music video.
Justin Carter was 35 years old when he died at his apartment in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.
As per the Daily Mail, very few details about his death have been revealed. The country singer had recently signed a deal with Triple Threat Management.
"Justin had potential, in our eyes and a lot of people's eyes, to be the next Garth Brooks," company spokesman Mark Atherton told ABC 13.
Atherton further revealed that the gun used in the accidental shooting was the same one that was slated to be used for a music video shoot.
The late singer's loved ones said that he spent a lot of time recording music at Enclave Recording Studios in northeast Houston and was finishing up his new solo album when he died.
Carter had reportedly released at least six songs since late 2018, including hits like 'Wouldn't Know' and 'RUN'. Triple Threat Management revealed that they plan to release the rest of his music, with the proceeds going to his family, including his young daughter.
Carter's mother, Cindy McClellan, told the media outlet: "His music was his world. He was always there for everybody." The deceased's family has asked Veterans Affairs to cover expenses for the former service member's funeral, as per a page on Facebook.
According to Carter's website, he was "fully committed" to having a career in country music last year and had written, produced and recorded more than 30 songs in the span of six months. He was also scheduled to perform at three shows in 2019.
His bio on his website reads: "Justin is a Texas born and Texas raised country boy to his core. His passion and drive stem from being influenced by some of the greats since he was just a child. He grew up listening to Waylon, Hank, George and Jones. Some of his favorites are Clay Walker, Garth Brooks and George Strait."
"Justin's passion is derived from the sound of old country, and he clings to that feeling he gets when he hears it and tries to push that into his music. Times are changing and so are the generations taste in music, but Justin tries to keep a happy medium between both old and new to satisfy everyone."