Rapper and former child idol Aaron Carter has recently passed away.

The news was first shared by TMZ on 6 November, with Carter’s representative saying, “We’re just as upset as everyone and hope that fans can give thoughts and prayers to his family.”

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, a call was made regarding a suspicious death at Carter’s residence in Valley Vista Drive at 10.58am.

Carter, who was the younger brother to Backstreet Boys’ member Nick Carter, began his career as an opener for the boy band in 1997, before making his album debut in the same year. He also made appearances in various Disney Channel and Nickelodeon programmes including Hilary Duff’s “Lizzie McGuire”.

He made his music comeback in 2016 as a rapper, but was infamous for his run-ins with authorities and personal struggles. He had been open about his struggles with mental health in the past.

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Aaron Carter performed as early as nine years old
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Brothers Nick and Aaron when they were kids

Older brother Nick wrote in his post on Instagram, saying that despite their “complicated relationship,” his love for his brother “has never ever faded.”

“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth….I love you baby brother.”

Aaron Carter is survived by his 1-year-old son Prince. He was 34.

Fans and friends alike posted tributes to Carter, including former girlfriend Hilary Duff, who wrote, “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.”

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Aaron Carter and Hilary Duff dated back in 2001
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Aaron Carter was father to son Prince