An investigation into Aaron Carter’s death is underway; however, two days after the singer’s passing, new, grim details emerged. Police found evidence of compressed air bottles and drugs in Carter’s primary bedroom and bathroom Los Angeles Times and TMZ report. Carter, 34, spoke openly about his substance abuse issues, including an addiction to panting.
Carter was found dead in his bathtub on Saturday, two law enforcement sources confirm Time. The Los Angeles County Sheriff responded to Carter’s home in Lancaster shortly after 11 a.m. Carter was pronounced dead at the scene. His body lay in the water for some time before it was discovered, the report said.
Yahoo Entertainment has contacted the LA County Sheriff, but a spokesperson said they are not releasing any additional information at this time. The investigation is done by the Homicide Division, which is standard. The detectives handling the case are expected to provide more details later this week.
The Los Angeles County coroner performed an autopsy on Carter on Sunday, Yahoo can confirm, but the cause of death was postponed. This means that the medical examiner is waiting for more information, such as toxicological reports. Once the chemical test results are back, the doctor will re-evaluate the case and determine the cause of death.
Yahoo contacted Carter’s manager for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
Carter’s friend, Gary Madatyan, claimed that… Entertainment tonight he saw spray cans in the singer’s house. Madatyan was allowed to enter the residence on Saturday with Carter’s ex and mother of his child, Melanie Martin.
“After they got the body out of the house, they only let a few people into the house. We just wanted to go in and see if there was blood or alcohol or anything 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, a yellowish color.”
Madatyan suspects Carter was panting again. Hugging is a form of substance abuse in which someone inhales vapors from, for example, paint or aerosol cans to experience a high. Back in September, fans were concerned when they thought he was panting on Instagram Live. The police were called to do a health check.
“As soon as I saw it, me and Melanie, we got a text saying, ‘This is bad. This is not good.’ We were very concerned about him,” said Madatyan ET. “He looked terrible. He lost so much weight. He wasn’t behaving normally. His mind wasn’t there…I heard he’s on a lot of drugs, not specifically illegal drugs, but he was on a lot of drugs.”
Madatyan added that Carter recently “really struggled” with the death of his sister, Leslie Carter in 2012. Carter also struggled with losing custody of son Prince, who turns 1 this month.
A source told People that Carter “never really had much trauma that he had.” His father died suddenly in 2017 and he had a tumultuous relationship with his mother and brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter.
“He had such a dysfunctional relationship with both parents, but something about losing his father really threw him. Then I really saw him spiraling. He’d gotten into trouble before, but he went from a reveler to something much darker It was like he gave up,” the insider added.
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 got out of hand and he knew it,” the source added. “It was sad to see. It was actually painful to watch him make the choices he made.”
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