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Aaron Carter, an influential artist from the 2000s and brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, passed away last Saturday.
Aaron’s older brother Nick and the rest of the Backstreet Boys held tributes after the news broke.
Nick shared a series of heart-warming photos on Instagram, showing their upbringing and close relationship through the years.
“My heart is broken,” he wrote. “Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.”
“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.”
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here.”
“I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz.”
“Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth… I love you baby brother.”
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Nick Carter’s younger brother, Aaron, was a former child star.
Like his brother, Aaron Carter sold millions of albums.
He rose to fame in the late 1990s, opening for Nick and the Backstreet Boys.
Aaron Carter’s body was found Saturday at his California home.
Aaron Carter’s cause of death has yet to be announced.
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On Saturday, Nick Carter and the BackStreet Boys held a concert in London when they announced the news to the audience.
Midway through their concert, member Kevin Richardson stopped to announce the grim news.
“Tonight, we got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday,” said Richardson.
“We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize that Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter, passed away yesterday at 34 years old.”
“He was a part of our family, and we thank you guys for all the love and all the well-wishes and all the support.”
Footage showed Nick Carter getting emotional during the announcement.
Seeing their friend grieve, the rest of the band – AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell – came over to embrace him.
The Backstreet Boys then dedicated their rendition of the song Breathe to Aaron Carter.
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