LANCASTER – Singer Aaron Carter accidentally drowned in the bathtub of his Lancaster home when he became incapacitated from the use of a chemical inhalant and a depressant, according to a coroner’s report.
Carter, 34, was pronounced dead at his home in the 42000 block of Valley Vista Drive on Nov. 5, 2022.
According to an autopsy report released Tuesday, April 18, Carter’s death was ruled an accident, and noted that he had difluoroethane and alprazolam in his system. The pop star also had antihistamine and “quetiapine metabolites” in his system, but they weren’t contributors to his death, according to the report. Difluoroethane is a gas used in air-spray cleaners, but it can “induce feelings of euphoria” when inhaled, according to the coroner’s report. Alprazolam has depressant effects on the central nervous system, which can induce drowsiness and sedation.
“Based on the autopsy findings, investigative reports, and circumstances, as currently known, Mr. Carter became incapacitated while in the bathtub due to the effects of inhaling compressed gas and taking alprazolam,” according to the report. “This resulted in him becoming submerged underwater, unable to breathe, and ultimately led to his death.”
Carter — a singer, rapper and former teen heartthrob — was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. He opened for the famous boy band in the late 1990s as well as for Britney Spears during her “Oops! … I Did It Again Tour.” Born in Tampa, Florida, Carter sold a million copies of his self- titled debut album in 1997 at age 9, which featured the hit single “Crush on You.” His September 2000 follow-up “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” sold three times that amount in the United States alone and was certified triple-Platinum. In addition to the title track, it also featured the hits “I Want Candy,” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.”
His third album, “Oh Aaron”, went platinum in 2001, and Carter had released two since then, most recently “Love” in 2018. A new album, titled “Blacklisted” had been set for release on Dec. 7, 2022, which would have been Carter’s 35th birthday, but it was released early following his death.
In the years following his initial success, Carter guest starred on such shows as “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “7th Heaven” and had roles in the films “Fat Albert” in 2004 and “Supercross” in 2005. Carter and his four siblings also starred in a short-lived reality show, “House of Carters” in 2006. He made his Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo the Who in “Seussical the Musical” and also appeared in the off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.” Carter also appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and headlined a world tour in late 2014.
Recent years saw him in the news for myriad legal, drug and relationship troubles as well as his estrangement from brother Nick and other relatives. During a 2019 TV interview, Carter discussed his battles with mental health issues, saying he suffered from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and manic depression. In September, the Los Angeles Times reported Carter had enrolled in rehab for a fifth time and was hoping to regain custody of his 10-month-old son, Prince, who was under the court-ordered care of his fiancée’s mother. In recent months friends said Carter was actively working to turn his life around.
Carter tweeted on Oct. 29 that he was selling his Lancaster house, linking to a listing for $799,900 on Zillow. The two-story home has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms.
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3 comments for "Coroner: Aaron Carter accidentally drowned in bathtub"
How are they sure it was an accident?
If it’s an accident, call it an accidental suicide
Tim Scott says
“Accidental suicide” is contradictory. Someone either means to commit suicide, or they don’t.
Mental illness and drugs…