Hilary Duff and Courtney Stodden pay tribute to Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter’s ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff recalls the ‘deep love’ they shared while a sobbing Courtney Stodden hopes he is ‘at peace’ as tributes pour in for late teen idol

Hilary Duff shared a tribute to her ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter on Instagram following his death on Saturday, November 5.

Carter, 34, the brother of famed pop icon and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was ‘found dead in his bathtub’ at his home in Lancaster, Calif., Saturday. 

The 35-year-old mother of three wrote, ‘For Aaron — I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in-front of the whole world.

‘You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent … boy did my teenage self love you deeply. Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy ♥️.’

 Aaron Carter, brother of famed pop icon and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster California on Saturday

Carter’s life was often fodder for tabloids, not only in connection to his brother, but with his dating exploits, as he was linked to fellow child stars Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan 

Fans took to the comments section to join The Lizzie McGuire actress in remembering Carter. 

One wrote, ‘Beautiful said Hilary. The episode of Aaron on lizze McGuire is forever one of the best memories of my childhood!!!!’

Another shared, ‘My teenage self loved some Aaron Carter too!! ❤️❤️ may he rest in peace.’

Law enforcement said they received a 911 call at 11 a.m. on Saturday, saying ‘a male had drowned in the tub.’ 

They were contacted by a house sitter, who had found his body, the sheriff’s department told DailyMail.com. 

A coroner brings Aaron Carter’s body out from his home in Lancaster, California late Saturday

Homicide detectives said there is no information or evidence of foul play at this time. 

After emergency services had been spotted outside Carter’s Lancaster home, a coroner was seen removing Carter’s body.  

Carter rose to fame as a child star, first as a singer and later as an actor in film and television shows like ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and ‘7th Heaven.’

Sheriff deputies arrive at Aaron Carter’s house in Lancaster after reportedly receiving a call of a possible dead body at around 11 a.m. local time

New Kids on the Block released a statement on their Instagram to honor the singer.

The band wrote, ‘We are shocked and saddened about the sudden passing of Aaron Carter. Sending prayers to the Carter family. Rest in peace, Aaron.’

Carter, who opened for the Backstreet Boys on a 1997 tour, shot to fame in the 90s releasing four studio albums, starting with his self-titled debut album in 1997 when he was only 9 years old. 

New Kids on the Block wrote a Tribute to Aaron and sent ‘prayers to the Carter family’

Another tribute: Courtney Stodden also shared a tribute to Aaron on her Instagram writing, ‘He called me, confided but I stepped away due to threats by surrounding people. I hoped he’d heal but now he’s at peace … I’m so gutted’

Courtney Stodden also shared a tribute to Aaron on her Instagram writing, ‘He called me, confided but I stepped away due to threats by surrounding people. I hoped he’d heal but now he’s at peace … I’m so gutted #ripaaroncarter #rip #tooyoung.’ 

The troubled celebrity is survived by his son Prince.

Prince’s mother and on-again-off-again girlfriend, Melanie Martin, posted to Tik Tok crying just minutes after the announcement. 

Martin can be seen driving while crying into the camera which is filming the short video.

Aaron Carter’s ex Melanie Martin crying in the car after his death

She released a statement later Saturday: ‘My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away. I love Aaron with all my heart and it’s going to be a journey to raise a son without a father. 

‘Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.’ 

The video was posted to Instagram just a day before the shock announcement.

Martin was spotted later Saturday in tears arriving at Carter’s Lancaster home.  

Actor, Todd Bridges, who portrayed Willis Jackson on the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and had a recurring role as Monk on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris also posted a tribute to Carter.

Addiction is the worst: Actor, Todd Bridges commented, ‘Some of us get out to start over and some of us don’t make it’

He wrote, ‘Addiction is a Horrible battle. It’s a fight you can never stop fighting. Some of us get out to start over and some of us don’t make it. 

‘God still loves us all not matter what. God and my mom and me saved my life. RIP. Aaron carter my brother in Arms.’ 

Transgender actress and model, Plastic Martyr also wrote a loving tribute to Aaron.

‘Aaron Carter was one of the first friends I made in LA. He was so supportive through my transition & was always a genuine friend. 

‘He introduced me to my first acting coach & helped me in more ways that I think he realized. I’ll miss you. I wish I could hug you 1 last time. RIP.’ 

More love and tributes pour in: Transgender actress and model, Plastic Martyr also wrote a loving tribute to Aaron ‘He introduced me to my first acting coach & helped me in more ways that I think he realized. I’ll miss you. I wish I could hug you 1 last time. RIP’

Actor Bruno Amato also paid tribute to the late star and wrote, ‘Addiction is a tough road. Rest in peace, Aaron Carter. Gone too soon.’

Loni Love also posted a loving tribute to Carter. 

The television host shared a picture of Aaron on her show captioned, ‘Met Aaron Carter in 2018, funny, talented and cool. I felt that he was trying….he really was just trying to be happy. I’m sorry to hear of his passing.. Condolences to his family and fans (broken heart emoji).

Gone too soon: Actor Bruno Amato wrote ‘Addiction is a tough road. Rest in peace, Aaron Carter. Gone too soon’

A guest on her show: Loni Love shared ‘I felt that he was trying….he really was just trying to be happy. I’m sorry to hear of his passing’

Shocked: Bruce Willis’ daughter Scout penned a heartfelt tribute to Carter, noting that she was ‘deeply, fantastically, insanely obsessed’ with the star as a young girl

 

She also included a blurry selfie with the star that she’d snapped when he visited her college

In 2019, he revealed on ‘The Doctors’ that he was diagnosed with ‘multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression,’ according to CNN. 

Aaron publicly feuded with many, including his brother Nick, whom he accused of trying to put him under a conservatorship, similar to the one placed on Brittney Spears. 

Carter has two sisters, one of which is his twin, Angel and Leslie, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 25 from a drug overdose.

Leslie’s death was a significant break in the relationship between the siblings, particularly Nick.

Homicide detectives have been dispatched to the scene, but there is no information or evidence of foul play

Carter is seen here in his booking photo after being charged for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence in 2017 the 34-year-old notably battled addiction for many years, facing legal troubles such as this

In the embattled rapper’s last performance before his untimely death he sand that ‘he’ll be gone but it’s not for long’

The troubled celebrity, who shot to fame in the 1990s, is survived by his son, Prince

Carter was pulled over on suspicion of DUI on Tuesday last week, after his on-off girlfriend Melanie Martin ‘called the police’ – with the embattled singer later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Officers conducted field sobriety tests on the star and found him not under the influence.

Carter lived a life in the spotlight that was occasionally colorful but more often filled with drama and tragedy.  

The singer grew up in the shadow of Carter’s world-conquering boy band but released his first record in 1997 at the age of just nine, on the same label that led his brother to stardom, Jive.

His second album, ‘Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),’ went triple platinum upon it’s 2000 release and spawned multiple charting singles, including a video for ‘That’s How I Beat Shaq’ in which the singer went 1-on-1 with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal. 

Aaron Carter lived a life in the spotlight that was occasionally colorful but even more often filled with drama and tragedy

The singer grew up in the shadow of Carter’s world-conquering boy band but also tried to stake out his own claim in pop music, releasing his first record in 1997 at the age of just nine, on the same Jive Records label that led his brother to stardom 

He was born in Tampa Bay, Florida in 1989. Along with brother Nick, he had a twin sister, Angel and two other sisters, BJ and Leslie, releasing his first album at the age of just nine

However, after 2001’s ‘Oh Aaron’ sold over a million copies in the US alone, the singer failed to have the staying power that his brother’s group did. 

He released one more album of original songs in 2002 before going 16 years without making any new music.

Like many young music stars, Carter also pursued some acting, appearing in several Disney Channel sitcoms. 

He would go on to make a few appearances in motion pictures, including Fat Albert and Ella Enchanted, but his film career would sputter out, much like his singing career. 

Carter’s life was often foddered for tabloids, not only in connection to his brother, but with his dating exploits, as he was linked to fellow child stars Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. 

Carter, like many young music stars of era, also pursued some acting, appearing in several Disney Channel sitcoms. He would go on to make a few appearances in motion pictures, including Fat Albert and Ella Enchanted but his film career would sputter out, much like his singing career

He also appeared on a reality show with his brother and three other siblings, E!’s House of Carters, in 2006. 

Aaron Carter reappeared in the public eye in 2009, finishing in fifth place on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. 

By 2011, the former child star had ended up in rehab at the Betty Ford Center in California. At the end of the year, he returned to the stage, even appearing in an off-Broadway musical.  

Aaron and Nick in 2005 participating in a celebrity basketball game

Carter also appeared on a reality show with his brother and three other siblings, E!’s House of Carters in 2006

Aaron had multiple run-ins with the law related to substance abuse. 

According to Fox News, Carter was arrested in Texas in 2008 for speeding and was found to have marijuana in his vehicle. 

He was again arrested for driving under the influence in 2017 and reckless driving in 2021. 

Carter also had a turbulent romantic life. In addition to Lohan and Duff, he’d been engaged to Playboy model Keri Anne Peniche before breaking it off. 

In 2019, he was granted a restraining order against then-girlfriend Lina Valentina, who allegedly threatened to stab him.

Melanie Martin, Carter’s girlfriend at the time of his death, was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident in which Carter was purported to be the victim.

In the late 2010s, Carter attempted a comeback in several different avenues. 

He released a record in 2018 and started releasing rap music under the moniker Kid Carter. 

In 2020, Carter began posting on the content site OnlyFans, charging up to $100 for nude photos. 

By 2021, Carter was facing off with the likes of Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing match. He lost on a second round knockout.  

Later that year, he lost out on a role in the Las Vegas show Naked Boys Singing because he’d refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

His problems with family continued that year, saying that Nick had tried to put him under a conservatorship, according to TMZ.   

Carter had split from fiancée Martin just one week after they welcomed their first child together.

By 2021, Carter was facing off with the likes of Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing match. He lost on a second round knockout

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