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Aaron Carter, one of the most influential artists of the 2000s and brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, passed away last weekend.
Aaron’s older brother Nick and the rest of the BackStreet Boys organized a tribute after the news.
Nick shared a series of photos on Instagram, showing their upbringing and close relationship.
“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 who has sold millions of albums.
In the late 1990s, he gained worldwide fame as the opening act for Nick and the Backstreet Boys.
Aaron Carter’s body was found Saturday at his home in California.
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
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Last Saturday, Nick Carter and the BackStreet Boys held a concert in front of the British capital as they announced the news to the public.
Halfway through their concert, member Kevin Richardson paused to report the 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 was emotional during the tribute.
The rest of the band members – AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell – came over to hug him.
The Backstreet Boys then dedicated their rendition of the song Breathe to Aaron Carter.
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