Aaron Carter, Singer, Dies at 34
The Detroit singer and guitarist was found dead on Friday morning at 2401 Birch St., the apartment he shared with his boyfriend and former road manager, in Southfield, Mich. Mr. Carter’s body was discovered inside his apartment, with a possible gunshot wound to his head.
Mr. Carter’s death was ruled a suicide.
The singer was born Christopher David Carter in Detroit on July 5, 1964, although he was raised in nearby Bloomfield Hills by his single mother, Linda Ann Carter, who was in the auto business, as were her mother and stepfather. His older brother, William Carter, was born in January.
Mr. Carter’s career began at age 10, when he met another singer with the group Big Brother and the Holding Company, and was put in charge of their band when James Burton left the group, and in 1981, he went on to release his first solo album, “Gimme Shelter,” and played on the first album by the R&B group, Blackstreet, released on Motown Records.
In 1987, he released “Live,” which earned him a Grammy nomination.
In 1989, Mr. Carter released “I Want to Take You Higher,” which sold more than 1 million copies, and the single, “He’s the Greatest Dancer in the Universe,” a reinterpretation of the hit by the Rolling Stones, also sold over 1 million copies, earning Mr. Carter his first Grammy nominations.
In 1990, Mr. Carter released the album, “The Search,” which included his Grammy-nominated singles, “Can U Feel It,” “In Your Eyes,” and “I Wish You Would.” Mr. Carter also played on the album by R&B band, Blackstreet, released in 1992.