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Cops find compressed air cans and prescription pill bottles at Aaron Carter death scene

More and more clues are coming to light as to what may have contributed to the tragic death of Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter was found dead in a bathtub at his California home on November 5, 2022 (Alison Buck/Getty Images)
Aaron Carter was found dead in a bathtub at his California home on November 5, 2022 (Alison Buck/Getty Images)

LANCASTER, LOS ANGELES: The late singer Aaron Carter died tragically on November 5 in the bathtub of his home in California. Initially, authorities had stated that they would investigate the 34-year-old's drug use, but now police have announced what was found in the singer's bathroom as the cause of death remains unknown.

As Page Six reports, officers found several cans of compressed air and prescription pill bottles at the scene in the singer's bathroom. Abusing inhalants, or "huffing," products like compressed air can cause permanent brain damage that can lead to irreversible neurological deficits, according to the American Addiction Centers. Huffing can also lead to seizures, coma, and sudden cardiac death, even in first-time users, the Cleveland Clinic reports. In addition, the displacement of oxygen in the lungs by toxic fumes from inhalants can result in asphyxiation.


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Responding officers reportedly found cans of compressed air and prescription pill bottles in Aaron Carter’s bathroom, where his dead body was discovered on Nov 5, 2022 (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Carter, who suffers from a huffing addiction, first revealed his addiction in a 2019 episode of 'The Doctors' at the time, claiming that his late sister Leslie Carter, who died of an overdose in 2012 at the age of 25, was the one who first introduced him to the addiction. “It’s something that I’ve kept secret from the whole world until now,” he shared at the time, noting that he began to huff when he was “about 16.” Carter also revealed that he “didn’t really touch it” again until he was “about 23,” right after he competed on Season 9 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2009.

“I started going to Staples and Office Depot and different places, buying it with cash so it wouldn’t be reported on receipts or anything like that, so no one could trace me,” he admitted. “I was huffing because I was really f–king stupid and sad, but this is really no excuse. I was huffing because I’m a drug addict,” reported the source. Although it is unclear whether Carter was suffering from an active addiction during the time of his death. He had also checked himself into an outpatient rehab program after losing custody of his 11-month-old son, Prince, whom he shared with on-again, off-again fiancée Melanie Martin.


In addition to his addiction, Carter also suffered from mental illness. In his adult life, he was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, and acute anxiety, the source said. His tragic death occurred after police showed up at his home Friday to conduct a wellness check. It is not clear who made the request. He then asked the officers to leave and ordered his housekeeper to leave him alone. The singer's housekeeper was the last person to see him alive, at 2 am. The housekeeper did not check on him until the next day to see if he wanted coffee. She also reportedly heard that his dog was in distress behind the door, whereupon she went in and found his unresponsive body in the bathtub. Carter's cause of death was listed as undetermined by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, pending toxicology results. Police also reported that the body had been in the tub for a long time, noting a decomposition odor and discolored bath water. No suicide note was found, and there is no suspicion of foul play yet.