US Pop Star Aaron Carter Accidentally Drowned in Bathtub after Taking Drugs

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Tuesday's report referred to Carter as " a celebrity with a known history of substance abuse" who had "multiple interactions with local police relating to the substance abuse". It cited a particular history of inhalant abuse, and a recent relapse.

US pop star Aaron Carter accidentally drowned in his bathtub as a result of drugs he had taken and gas used in spray cleaners he had inhaled, a coroner's report said Tuesday.

Carter, the younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, was found dead on November 5 at the age of 34 in his home in Lancaster, California, the autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner

The report revealed that the singer died by drowning due to the effects of the sedative alprazolam he had taken and the compressed gas difluoroethane he had inhaled.

Alprazolam is often sold under the brand name Xanax, and difluoroethane is found in refrigerants and aerosol sprays. The report says the gas is "commonly used as a propellant in air spray cleaners" and "can induce feelings of euphoria when inhaled".

Carter was last seen alive in the early hours of November 4 when police visited his home to check on him after he had been seen with an inhalant on an Instagram live video, a police report included in the autopsy findings said.

The rapper had asked the officers to leave, and they did. Later that day, he missed an appointment with a drug counsellor, the police report said.

A woman described as a housekeeper visited Carter's home the following day to offer him coffee, and getting no response, she let herself in and found him lying unresponsive in a Jacuzzi-style tub with the jets still running. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The musician, who began his career opening for the boy band Backstreet Boys on a number of tours and concerts, first found fame as a young boy with pop songs like "I Want Candy" and "Crush on You" before he released his debut studio album "Aaron Carter" in 1997. His fifth and final studio album "Love" was released in 2018.

He also acted on television shows including "Liizzie McGuire," and appeared on the family reality show "House of Carters" and "Dancing With the Stars".

Carter had for years talked about his substance abuse struggles, detailing his issues with inhalants in a 2019 episode of the talk show "The Doctors". He also said he was taking medications for acute anxiety and bipolar disorder.

He is survived by his son Prince, who was born in 2021. The Hollywood Reporter said he checked into rehab last year in a bid to gain custody of him.