Nick Carter’s charity gala in memory of his late brother Aaron Carter raised $150,000 for a children’s mental health charity.
Songs for Tomorrow — which Nick, 42, and Lance Bass, 43, headlined at West Hollywood’s Heart on Wednesday — is raising money for On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children’s Mental Health.
Former child star Aaron was found dead in the bathtub of his Lancaster, California home on November 5 at the age of 34. His fiancée, Melanie Martin, and his mother, Jane, recently claimed that he died of an overdose and not drowned in his bathroom as previously thought.
On stage: Nick Carter’s charity concert in memory of his late brother Aaron Carter raised $150,000 for children’s mental health charity
Nick was also joined by fellow Backstreet Boy band AJ McLean and 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons, O-Town and LFO reports the concert TMZ — which saw him break down in tears on stage as he paid tribute to Aaron.
He also performed a song written in Aaron’s memory called Hurts to Love You.
A representative for the former Backstreet Boys singer told DailyMail.com, “For fans looking to pay tribute to the life of Aaron Carter, a donation page was created in lieu of flowers that will benefit up our sleeves: the Mental Kids Movement. Health, an organization that Nick Carter has long supported and serves as an ambassador for.
On Our Shoulders is a mission to provide every community in America with access to the free, evidence-based educational resources necessary to break down stigmas around children’s mental health as well as educate families and advocates.
Tragic loss: Troubled former teen idol Aaron Carter was found dead at the age of 34 in the bathtub of his California home on November 5 – he and Nick were estranged at the time of his death (pictured 2004)
Gifts fund educational content, lesson plans for schools, and activities for schools and organizations. By honoring Aaron, you are helping Nick, Angel, and their family in their commitment to helping others.
Aaron, who rose to fame as a child star, has struggled with mental illnesses including Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and manic depression, as well as substance abuse during his lifetime.
Aaron previously accused Nick of trying to place him under a guardianship, similar to the one placed over Britney Spears.
In 2019, Nick filed a restraining order against Aaron, alleging that he threatened to kill his pregnant wife and unborn child.
“After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we are required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today,” Nick wrote at the time. “We had no choice but to take every possible measure to protect ourselves and our family.”
He added that he still loved Aaron and hoped he would get “the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to him or anyone else.”
troubled; Aaron, who rose to fame as a child star, battled mental health issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and manic depression, as well as substance abuse during his life (pictured February 2022)
Angel took to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to her brother following his death.
She said: I loved you more than all measures .. We will miss you dearly. Funny, kind, Aaron, I have so many memories of you and I, and I promise to cherish them.
‘I know you are at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and see you again.
Martin and Aaron’s mother, Jane Carter, urges officers to investigate an alleged drug deal he made the night of his death because they believe it could have led to an overdose/
In an interview with TMZ, Martin said she found text messages on Carter’s phone from a man asking for $800 for an unknown substance.
Carter, who had rehab stints in 2011 and 2017, reportedly responded to the man claiming he no longer needed the substance, and the man responded that it didn’t matter because he still owed money.
Then he asked if he was being threatened, which is where the messages end.
Martin provided the text exchange to the Los Angeles Police Department as evidence.
The bereaved influencer, who recently gained custody of the 1-year-old son she shares with Carter, cryptically accused Instagram usermomoh of “gangsters giving Aaron supplies” via Instastory Monday night.
Martin and Carter’s mother revealed that the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told them no water was found in the star’s lungs which meant he could not have drowned.
They are awaiting the results of the toxicology report to determine what was in his system.
Melanie – who turned over all evidence to the LAPD for investigation – cryptically accused Instagram usermomoh of ‘gangsters providing Aaron supplies’ via Instastory Monday night
Carter, who opened for the Backstreet Boys on tour in 1997, rose to fame in the 1990s releasing four studio albums, starting with his self-titled debut album in 1997 when he was just 9 years old.
In 2019, Aaron revealed on “Doctors” that he had been diagnosed with “multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, severe anxiety, and manic depression,” according to CNN.
The singer grew up in the shadow of world conquering boy band Nick, but released his first record in 1997 at the age of nine, on the same label that catapulted his brother, Jeff, to stardom.
His second album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), went triple platinum upon its 2000 release and spawned several hit singles, including a video for “That’s How I Beat Shaq” in which the singer went 1-on-1 with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.
However, after selling over a million copies of 2001’s Oh Aaron in the US alone, the singer failed to maintain the staying power that his brother’s group had.
He released another album of original songs in 2002 before going 16 years without producing any new music.
Like many young music stars, Carter has also pursued some acting, appearing in several Disney Channel sitcoms.
He went on to appear in a few motion pictures, including Fat Albert and Ella Enchanted, but his film career would come to an end, just like his singing career.
He also appeared on a reality show with his brother and three other siblings, E!’s House of Carters, in 2006.
Aaron resurfaced in 2009, finishing in fifth place on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.
By 2011, the former child had ended up in rehab at the Betty Ford Center in California. At the end of the year, he returned to the stage, even appearing in an Off-Broadway musical.
While the family awaited official toxicology results, the Los Angeles County Office confirmed that no water was found in the troubled singer’s lungs, ruling out drowning as the cause of death.
According to Fox News, Aaron was arrested in Texas in 2008 for speeding and was found to have marijuana in his car.
He was arrested again for drunk driving in 2017 and reckless driving in 2021.
He also led a turbulent romantic life. He was engaged to Playboy model Kerry Ann Benish before he broke it off.
In 2019, he obtained a restraining order against his then-girlfriend Lena Valentina, who allegedly threatened to stab him.
Melanie Martin, his girlfriend at the time of his death, was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident in which Carter was alleged to be the victim.
In late 2010, Aaron attempted a comeback in several different ways.
He released a record in 2018 and began rapping under the Kid Carter moniker.
In 2020, Aaron began posting on the content site OnlyFans, at a cost of $100 and by 2021, he was facing the likes of Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing match. Lost in the second round by knockout.
Last month, Martin regained full custody of their son Prince, who alone will inherit Carter’s $550,000 estate.
Later that year, he lost a role on the Las Vegas show Naked Boys Singing because he refused to take a COVID-19 vaccine.
His issues with his family continued that year, saying Nick tried to put him under conservatorship, according to TMZ.
The late teen idol is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince, whom he shares with ex-fiancée Melanie Martin. It was recently reported that Aaron died without leaving a will.
Aaron split from his fiancée, Martin, just a week after they welcomed their first child together.
Aaron’s estate will go to his one-year-old son, Prince, and the singer’s family wants to make sure the boy is taken care of.
Because he did not leave a will, California law states that the singer’s estimated $550,000 in real estate and personal property, goes to next of kin, and since Aaron was not married, the inheritance goes to Prince.
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