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Aaron Carter's official cause of death revealed: coroner

Aaron Carter drowned to death, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The “effects of difluoroethane and alprazolam” were listed as contributing factors in his death. 

The manner of death was ruled an “accident,” according to the coroner. 

Difluoroethane is an aerosol propellant found in spray cans, and alprazolam is commonly referred to as Xanax.

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“On the morning of November 5, 2022, Mr. Carter was found submerged in the bathtub at his residence located in Lancaster by his reported housekeeper, who called 911 and was instructed to begin CPR,” the department said in a release.

“Paramedics were called to the location, and Mr. Carter was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:14 a.m.” 

He was 34. 

Aaron Carter died in November at age 34.

Aaron Carter died in November at age 34. (Gilbert Carrasquillo)

The Medical Examiner’s office added, “After the scene investigation, Mr. Carter’s body was transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center for examination.

“On November 6, 2022, the deputy medical examiner completed a full autopsy on Mr. Carter. Following the completion and receipt of relevant test results, the cause of death was certified on April 14.”

Aaron is survived by his 1-year-old son, Prince, with fiancée Melanie Martin. 

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Carter’s mother, Jane, shared photos on Facebook last month in hopes officials would investigate her son’s death as a possible homicide. 

Carter was still performing months before his death and regularly played music for his fans while going live on social media platforms.

Carter was still performing months before his death and regularly played music for his fans while going live on social media platforms. (Gabe Ginsberg)

“Still trying to get a real investigation for the death of my son Aaron Carter. I want to share these death scene photos with you all because the coroner wrote it off as an accidental drug overdose.

“They never investigated it as a possible crime scene because of his addiction past. Look at the photos. They were not taken by the police. But they allowed people to go in and out. Although a lot of potential homicide information was there for years. Aaron had a lot of death threats and many many people who were making his life miserable”

She later updated her post to admit she wasn’t in denial about his addiction issues but thought there was more to his death that wasn’t investigated. She also announced a detective was looking further into his death. 

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Carter publicly struggled with addiction throughout his life and admitted his sister Leslie, who died from an overdose in 2012, introduced him to huffing, the practice of inhaling fumes from household items.

Aaron Carter is pictured here with fiancée Melanie Martin. He is survived by their son, Prince.

Aaron Carter is pictured here with fiancée Melanie Martin. He is survived by their son, Prince. (Gabe Ginsberg)

“Started when I was about 16,” he said on an episode of “The Doctors.” Carter revealed that, after his stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” he began going to “Staples and Office Depot” to purchase inhalants, “buying it with cash so it wouldn’t be reported on receipts or anything like that, so no one could trace me.

“I was huffing because I was really f—ing stupid and sad, but this is really no excuse. I was huffing because I’m a drug addict.”

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In another part of the interview, he revealed his own mental health struggles.

“The official diagnosis is that I suffer from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety; I’m manic depressive,” he said. “I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, gabapentin, hydroxyzine, trazodone, omeprazole.”

Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, right, rose to fame at age 9 after releasing his self-titled debut album in 1997.  

Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, right, rose to fame at age 9 after releasing his self-titled debut album in 1997.   (Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

Before holding up a clear, plastic bag filled with prescription bottles, Carter said, “This is my reality. … Hi, I have nothing to hide.”

Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, rose to fame at age 9 after releasing his self-titled debut album in 1997.  

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His follow-up album, 2000’s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. and produced several hit singles, including the title song, “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.”

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