AARON Carter was found “unresponsive” in a bathtub by a staff member after he died of what friends suspect was a drug overdose, sources have exclusively told The U.S. Sun.

Neighbors said they heard Aaron‘s employee screaming “he’s dead, he’s dead” when she discovered the tragic singer and reality star, 34, at his home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday morning.


Aaron was found ‘unresponsive’ in a bathtub by a staff member, sources have told The SunCredit: Getty
Chaotic scenes ensued at Aaron's California home this morning


Chaotic scenes ensued at Aaron’s California home this morningCredit: Katy Forrester for The US Sun
His inconsolable on/off partner Melanie Martin was seen weeping outside


His inconsolable on/off partner Melanie Martin was seen weeping outsideCredit: Katy Forrester for The US Sun
The house-sitter who found Carter's body in a bathtub is pictured barefoot in front of his Lancaster home


The house-sitter who found Carter’s body in a bathtub is pictured barefoot in front of his Lancaster homeCredit: Tony Cheval

His shocked on/off partner Melanie Martin, 30, was later spotted at the scene, appearing distraught as she sat outside the house.

Homicide detectives were dispatched, a standard procedure for deaths under such circumstances.

A friend told The U.S. Sun that they believe Aaron did not kill himself and that he had plans to go into the studio to record new music next week.

The devastating news comes just weeks after Carter exclusively told The U.S. Sun in his last-ever interview that he had checked into rehab in an effort to get his son Prince back.

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Melanie’s mom was granted custody of the 10-month-old baby boy under a court order, Aaron claimed in the interview.

In September, Aaron enrolled in a month-long outpatient program at the Los Angeles-based Lionrock rehab center.

But close friends believe he may have suffered a relapse after facing crippling addiction issues for over a decade.

Some in his inner circle had begged him to go to inpatient rehab in the last fortnight over concerns about his erratic behavior.

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Sources said Carter had been smoking marijuana late at night and at times “seemed out of it and high” when talking to friends.

Following the tragedy, Aaron’s mom Jane is believed to be flying to California from her home in Florida.

His brother Nick, who is currently on tour in Europe with the Backstreet Boys, is understood to be “devastated” especially as Aaron had been trying to heal their long-standing rift for months.

A spokesman for Aaron told The U.S. Sun: “It is with great regret that I confirm Aaron Carter was found unresponsive this morning in his home in Palmdale, California.

“The family has been notified and will be flying out to Los Angeles.

“Aaron worked very hard towards the end of his life in recovery, to be a good father and to make amends with his family.

“Unfortunately without proper recovery facilities available in our country and open borders, this is why we have an epidemic.”


An eyewitness at the scene on Saturday afternoon said it was “chaos” with police cars and news vans, along with neighbors standing around in the street.

Devastated Melanie could be seen wiping away tears and hugging friends as she watched from the sidelines.

Neighbor Tony Cheval, a local photojournalist, told The U.S. Sun: “I have a police scanner for work and heard the call come in that there was an unresponsive male in the bathtub.

“My wife is a nurse and we headed over and banged on the door, she had her AED [automated external defibrillator] with her.

“A woman answered the door and was screaming ‘he’s dead, he’s dead’ but wouldn’t let us in because she’d already called the cops.

“I spoke to Melanie afterward and she said it was his maid, and questioned why she wouldn’t let us in.

“Melanie drove up from Orange County, she was distraught.”


A second witness said his house-sitter was seen looking “shaken” and spent time speaking with police inside before being escorted out with belongings in bags.

They added: “The house-sitter was the only person behind the police tape for a long.

“Melanie had to wait hours before police would even tell her anything, and she was desperate to see their many pet dogs still in the house.”

A close friend told The U.S. Sun that they believe Aaron did not commit suicide.

He had been planning studio sessions with artists next week in Los Angeles to lay down new tunes for an album.

The singer had also assured the friend that he was “excited” to showcase new music and work with artists, who were flying into LA specifically for a duet.

Aaron spoke to one of his handlers at around 6pm on Friday night going over his recording plans for the next week.


The friend said: “Aaron did not commit suicide. He was planning to work on music in the next week with some artists from out of town.

“He was locking down [the] studio, planning travel logistics, and seemed very excited.

“Any suggestion he was suicidal last night when he was in contact with his friends and team is wrong.

“Hearing the news this morning was absolutely devastating.

“Aaron had a good heart and was a really talented artist.

“He was keen to show the world he was a great father and continue strongly with his music career.”

He had a good heart.

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The source added: “Aaron was always adamant he took medication and pills that were prescribed by doctors.

“He would swear blind he did not take narcotics like cocaine.”

Aaron appeared with Melanie in his last-ever interview with The U.S. Sun on September 13.

In this final exclusive chat, Aaron denied that he had a prescription pill and opioid addiction despite videos that appeared to show him demanding Xanax.

Fans feared for the 1990s icon’s mental and physical well-being after he appeared under the influence of drugs in disturbing social media live streams.

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The tattooed artist, who had survived 100 seizures from a “dusting” addiction, spent $200,000 so far this year on care to make the couple a “fully functional family.”

Aaron said: “I haven’t had any relapses or anything like that, it’s just triggers are big right now for me [and] I want my son back.”

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