(CNN) — Aaron Carter, a singer who first found fame as a child with pop songs like “I Want Candy,” has died, a source close to the family told CNN. He was 34 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN they responded to a call for help at Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. local time, where a person was found. deceased at the scene.
He was found dead in his bathtub, the source said.
Authorities did not provide information on a possible cause of death.
Carter, also famous for the pop song “Crush on You,” is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.
The singer received quite a bit of support from fans and other celebrities in 2017 after coming out as bisexual.
“There is something I would like to say that I feel is important to me and my identity, which has been weighing on my chest for almost half my life,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “I am not ashamed of this, just a weight and burden that I have been holding on to for a long time and would like to get rid of.”
He went on to explain that around the age of 13 he “started to find boys and girls attractive”.
“There were years that passed that I thought about it, but it wasn’t until I was 17, after a few relationships with girls, that I had an experience with a man I was attracted to, someone I also worked with and grew up with.”
The singer opened up in 2019 on an episode of “The Doctors” about his battle with multiple mental health issues, including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety, and manic depression.
“This is my reality,” Carter said while holding up a plastic bag with several prescription bottles in a video that appears on the show’s Facebook page.
In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana while he and his then-girlfriend Madison Parker were traveling through Habersham County.
The singer later said in an interview that he doesn’t drink and denied he has a drug problem, CNN previously reported.
“I don’t need help,” he said. “What I need is for people to understand that I am human and that I make mistakes just like anyone else in this world, but I would never risk my life or my girlfriend’s.”