An investigation is underway into the death of Aaron Carter. However, new, grim details emerged two days after the singer’s death. Police found evidence of canisters of compressed air and drugs in Carter’s master bedroom and bathroom, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ report. Carter, 34, has been open about his substance abuse issues, including his addiction to hoofing.
Carter was found dead in his bathtub on Saturday, two law enforcement sources confirmed Times. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to Carter’s Lancaster residence shortly after 11 a.m. Carter was pronounced dead at the scene. His body had been in the water for some time before it was discovered, according to the report.
Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, but a spokesperson said they are not releasing additional information at this time. The investigation is being handled by the homicide division, which is standard. The detective handling the case is expected to release more details later this week.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Carter on Sunday, Yahoo can confirm, but the cause of death was deferred. That means the medical examiner is waiting for more information, such as toxicology reports. Once the chemical test results come back, the doctor will reevaluate the case and determine the cause of death.
Yahoo reached out to Carter’s manager for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
Carter’s friend Gary Madatyan claimed Entertainment tonight saw aerosol cans at the singer’s house. Madatyan was granted permission to enter the residence with Carter’s ex and mother of his child, Melanie Martin, on Saturday.
“After they took the body out of the house, they allowed a few people into the house. We just wanted to go there and see if there was blood or alcohol or anything else in the house,” he said.
“I went to his bedroom, the bedroom was normal,” Madatyan continued. “I went to the bathroom where the tub was full of water, like a yellowish color.”
Mandatian suspects that Carter is sulking again. Huffing is a type of substance abuse that involves a person inhaling fumes from objects such as paint or aerosol cans to experience a high. In September, fans were alarmed when they thought she was cracking up on an Instagram Live. Police were called to do a welfare check.
“As soon as I saw it, me and Melanie, we got a message saying, ‘This is bad. This is not good.’ We were very worried about him,” Madatyan said ET. “He looked terrible. He lost so much weight. He wasn’t acting normal. His mind wasn’t there. … I heard he was on a lot of medication, not specifically illegal drugs, but he was on a lot of medication.”
Mandatian added that Carter had recently been “really struggling” with the death of his sister, Leslie Carter, in 2012. Carter was also struggling to lose custody of son Prince, who turns 1 this month.
said a source People that Carter “never really dealt with a lot of trauma that he had.” His father died suddenly in 2017 and he had a tumultuous relationship with his mom and brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter.
“He had such a dysfunctional relationship with both parents, but something about losing his dad really threw him. That’s when I saw him really start to spiral. He’s been in trouble before, but he went from a party to something much darker. then it was like he gave up,” added the insider.
A separate source noted that Carter lost his support system before his death.
“He had no one he could trust and no one trusted him. He was out of control and he knew it,” the source added. “It was sad to see. It was really painful to see him make the choices he did.”
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