Aaron Carter, Teenage Pop and Reality Television Star, Dies at Age 34

Aaron Carter, the singer and performer whose career began at the age of seven, died at his home in Southern California on Saturday night. The cause of death was not disclosed, although calls to 911 suggest he was discovered in his bathtub. He was 34 years old.

Carter was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. His first foray into performing came with the group Dead End, made up of kids from a rock camp at the age of seven. Choosing a more pop-oriented direction, he went solo with an untitled album in 1997 and appeared as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys, the legendary boy band that performed Nick Carterhis older brother by eight years.

In 2000, Carter published Aaron’s party (come and get it)which was certified three times platinum in the US and peaked at number four billboard‘s Top 200 Albums Chart. It included a version of the 1965 pop anthem “I Want Candy” originally recorded by the Strangeloves and then covered by Bow Wow Wow (and The simpsons) as well as the novelty hit How To Beat Shaq, in which the young blond lad tells a great story about defeating Shaquille O’Neal in a single game. The tune was ubiquitous on Disney Radio, and Carter made a critically acclaimed cameo appearance Lizzie Maguire.

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In 2001, Carter made his Broadway debut in Seussical: The Musical, in the role of Jojo. (Unfortunately, his run didn’t coincide with Rosie O’Donnell(as The Cat in the Hat.) Later that year, Carter, now 13, was released Oh Aaron, his first with a duet with his older brother. It peaked at number 7 billboard‘s Top 200 on the Albums Chart and was certified platinum. The following year, Carter’s parents sued his manager, claiming they failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties.

In 2005, Carter starred in the teen-focused rom-com pop star, in which he played a streamlined version of himself in a public high school. Former teen idols Leif Garrett and David Cassidy had cameo appearances, ostensibly so parents could pause the direct-to-video film and offer a history lesson. Next year E! entertainment television launched House of the carters, a reality show starring Aaron, Nick and their three sisters. It lasted eight episodes.

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