Aaron Carter reportedly ‘died without a will’ leaving the State of California to decide who inherits his estate.
Aaron, 34, the brother of famed pop icon and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, was found dead in a bathtub at his Lancaster, California home on Saturday, November 5.
Family sources told TMZ that Aaron ‘was advised by his attorney to make a will’, especially because he had a child who depended on him.
Tragic: Aaron Carter, 34, reportedly ‘died without a will’ leaving the State of California to decide who inherits his estate
However, in most states when a single person dies without a will and leaves a child behind, the child inherits the parent’s estate.
A source told TMZ Aaron was ‘not in a good place financially when he died’, while his house was recently put on the market.
The publication were also told that due to the drama between Aaron and his fiancée Melanie Martin, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services got involved and had 11-month-old Prince removed from their home and has been living with Melanie’s mother since September.
Carter had split from fiancée Martin just one week after they welcomed their first child together.
Advice: Family sources told TMZ that Aaron ‘was advised by his attorney to make a will’, especially because he had a child who depended on him
The release of Aaron Carter memoir has been temporarily postponed following backlash from the late star’s management and ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff , who slammed it as a ‘heartless money grab.’
The memoir, titled Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story Of An Incomplete Life, was slated for a November 15 release, which was 10 days after he was found dead at him home at the age of 34.
Andy Symonds, the author who co-wrote the book with Carter, hit back at criticism in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com on Friday.
In a statement to ET , attorney Scott Atherton, founder of Atherton Galardi Mullen & Reeder PLLC and who represents Ballast Books and author Andy Symonds, maintained Carter wanted his story told ‘with all its beauty and rawness.’
Ex: Carter had split from fiancée Martin just one week after they welcomed their first child together
But with the family having just begun to grieving process Atherton said the decision was made to ‘ put the book on hold for the time being.’
‘Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to defer the further release of the book at this time,’ the statement read, adding, ‘Mr. Carter was not just a celebrity but also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many still grieving for him.’
Atherton went on to address some of the backlash that ‘focused on a small number of interactions during Mr. Carter’s early years.
He believes the memoir has a far broader message and that ‘the more important story is about Mr. Carter’s life and what people can learn from his professional success, personal struggles, and tragic passing.’
The decision to temporarily halt the book’s release came one day after Hilary Duff and the late singer’s management called Ballast Books’ decision to go forward with the publication a ‘sad’ attempt to ‘capitalize’ on the former child star’s tragic demise.
Controversial: Andy Symonds, the author who co-wrote the book with Carter, hit back at criticism in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com on Friday
In the book, Carter claims he lost his virginity to Duff when he was just 12 and she was ‘maybe 13’.
‘Aaron Carter hired me to help him tell the world his story. That story, while tragically cut short, was filled with good and bad, Symonds told the Daily Mail in another exclusive. ‘His life was far from pretty, and understandably certain people in the public eye don’t want some of the stories Aaron tells in his book to come to light.’
The unfinished memoir was written over the course of three years, and an excerpt obtained by the New York Post read: ‘Hilary and I lost our virginity to each other at a hotel… in LA.
‘I think it was her birthday, maybe her 13th [September 28 2000], but I don’t remember. Her friends walked in, and we just yelled at them to get out.’
Singer Aaron and actress Hilary, now 35, met as fellow teen idols in 2000 and dated on-off until 2003.
Duff exclusively told DailyMail.com : ‘It’s really sad that within a week of Aaron’s death, there’s a publisher that seems to be recklessly pushing a book out to capitalize on this tragedy without taking appropriate time or care to fact check the validity of his work.’
She added, ‘To water down Aaron’s life story to what seems to be unverified click-bait for profit is disgusting. In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless, money grab.’
The late star’s management team later also blasted the ‘obscenely disrespectful’ and ‘unauthorized’ release of the late star’s unfinished memoir, as well as new music, less than a week after his death.
‘In the few short days following our dear friend’s passing we have been trying to grieve and process while simultaneously having to deal with obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases including an album, a single and now it seems a book,’ read a statement sent out by Taylor Helgeson of Big Umbrella Management to Page Six on Thursday.
Carter, who opened for the Backstreet Boys on a 1997 tour, shot to fame in the 90s releasing four studio albums, starting with his self-titled debut album in 1997 when he was only 9 years old.
In 2019, Aaron revealed on ‘The Doctors’ that he was diagnosed with ‘multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression,’ according to CNN.
Young love: ‘Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life’ – boasted that the singer lost his virginity to Hilary Duff when he was aged 12 and she was ‘maybe 13’; the former child stars are pictured 2003
Aaron publicly feuded with many, including his brother Nick, whom he accused of trying to put him under a conservatorship, similar to the one placed on Britney Spears.
Aaron has two sisters, one of which is his twin, Angel and Leslie, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 25 from a drug overdose.
The singer grew up in the shadow of Nick’s world-conquering boy band but released his first record in 1997 at the age of just nine, on the same label that led his brother to stardom, Jive.
His second album, ‘Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),’ went triple platinum upon it’s 2000 release and spawned multiple charting 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 2001’s ‘Oh Aaron’ sold over a million copies in the US alone, the singer failed to have the staying power that his brother’s group did.
He released one more album of original songs in 2002 before going 16 years without making any new music.
Like many young music stars, Carter also pursued some acting, appearing in several Disney Channel sitcoms.
Teen idol: The singer grew up in the shadow of Nick’s world-conquering boy band but released his first record in 1997 at the age of just nine, on the same label that led his brother to stardom, Jive (pictured in the 1990s)
He would go on to make a few appearances in motion pictures, including Fat Albert and Ella Enchanted, but his film career would sputter out, much 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 reappeared in the public eye in 2009, finishing in fifth place on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.
By 2011, the former child star 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.
According to Fox News, Aaron was arrested in Texas in 2008 for speeding and was found to have marijuana in his vehicle.
He was again arrested for driving under the influence in 2017 and reckless driving in 2021.
He also had a turbulent romantic life. He was engaged to Playboy model Keri Anne Peniche before breaking it off.
In 2019, he was granted a restraining order against then-girlfriend Lina 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 purported to be the victim.
In the late 2010s, Aaron attempted a comeback in several different avenues.
He released a record in 2018 and started releasing rap music under the moniker Kid Carter.
In 2020, the I Want Candy singer began posting on the content site OnlyFans, charging up to $100 and by 2021, he was facing off with the likes of Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing match. He lost on a second round knockout.
Later that year, he lost out on a role in the Las Vegas show Naked Boys Singing because he’d refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
His problems with family continued that year, saying that Nick had tried to put him under a conservatorship, according to TMZ.
Devastating: In 2019, Carter revealed on ‘The Doctors’ that he was diagnosed with ‘multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression,’ according to CNN (pictured in his last interview)