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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Mike Bedigan & Caitlin Griffin

Autopsy report confirms singer Aaron Carter cause of death

An autopsy report has confirmed Aaron Carter's cause of death. The 34-year-old brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, was found dead in his California home in November, 2022.

The former child star shot to fame in the 1990s and is known for songs such as ‘I Want Candy’ and ‘I’m All About You.’

He drowned in his bathtub after taking drugs. The death was ruled as an accident by a medical examiner.

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US media outlets obtained an autopsy report which said the singer died after becoming “incapacitated” and becoming “submerged underwater.”

The LA medical examiner noted the effects of sedatives in the report and inhaling gas as also contributing to his death.

Alprazolam, often sold under the brand name Xanax, was found in Carter’s system as was the presence of difluoroethane.

“Difluoroethane is a gas commonly used as a propellant in air spray cleaners for electronic devices that can induce feelings of euphoria when inhaled,” the report stated.

“It is known to have cardiotoxic effects which can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.

“Alprazolam (a benzodiazepine) has depressant effects on the central nervous system which can cause drowsiness and sedation.”

It continued: “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.

Nick (left) and Aaron Carter in 2006 (PA)

“This resulted in him becoming submerged under water, unable to breath, and ultimately led to his death.”

The singer got his start opening for the Backstreet Boys on a 1997 tour and later that year released his self-titled debut album.

His second studio album, ‘Aaron’s Party (Come And Get It)’, was released in 2000 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Carter also tried his hand at acting, guest starring on shows including Lizzie McGuire and making his Broadway debut in 2001 as JoJo the Who in Seussical The Musical.

In recent years he made the move to rap music, throwing off his child star image with a number of face tattoos, and had his share of controversy as well as several run-ins with the law.

Prior to his death the singer had a history of drug convictions and reportedly went to rehab on a number of occasions.


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