More clues as to what may have contributed to Aaron Carter’s tragic death are coming to light.
Responding officers reportedly found multiple cans of compressed air in the singer’s bathroom — where his body was discovered on Saturday — as well as in the bedroom of his Lancaster, Calif., home, law sources told TMZ on Monday.
The outlet also reports that cops found prescription pill bottles at the scene.
Inhalant abuse, or “huffing” products like compressed air, can cause permanent brain damage that can lead to irreversible neurological deficits, according to the American Addiction Centers.
Carter, who died at the age of 34, first revealed his addiction to huffing during a 2019 episode of “The Doctors.” At the time, he claimed his late sister, Leslie Carter, was the one who introduced him to the habit. She fatally overdosed in 2012 at the age of 25.
“It’s something that I’ve kept secret from the whole world until now,” he shared at the time, noting that he began to huff when he was “about 16.”
Aaron said he “didn’t really touch it” again until he was “about 23,” right after he competed on Season 9 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2009.
“I started going to Staples and Office Depot and different places, buying it with cash so it wouldn’t be reported on receipts or anything like that, so no one could trace me,” he admitted. “I was huffing because I was really f-king stupid and sad, but this is really no excuse. I was huffing because I’m a drug addict.”
It’s unclear whether Aaron was battling an active addiction to huffing at the time of his death. However, TMZ reported last month that cops showed up to his house for a welfare check after fans watching his Instagram Live became concerned he was huffing.
Cops told the outlet that they found no drugs at the scene, nor any criminal activity.
The report came just weeks after Aaron checked himself into an outpatient rehab program after losing custody of his 11-month-old son, Prince, whom he shared with on-again, off-again fiancée Melanie Martin.
He told the Sun at the time that a court order mandated that Martin’s mother have temporary custody of Prince due to domestic violence and drug use concerns.
Of his “abstinence program,” Aaron said it involved “group therapy, parenting classes [and] domestic violence classes.”
In addition to addiction, Aaron lived with mental illness. In his adult life, he was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia and acute anxiety. It’s unclear whether he was on any medications for the aforementioned at the time of his death.
Law enforcement sources previously told TMZ that the singer’s live-in housekeeper was the last person to see him alive, which was at 2 am Friday after cops showed up to conduct a wellness check on him. It’s unclear who made the request.
The outlet reported that Aaron told the officers to leave and ordered his housekeeper to leave him alone.
The housekeeper reportedly did not see him for the rest of the day, only going to his bedroom Saturday morning to see if he wanted coffee, according to TMZ. The outlet further claimed that she allegedly heard his dog behind the door in distress, so she went in and found his lifeless body in the bathtub.
She then frantically called 9-1-1 to report the suspected drowning.
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Law enforcement sources told TMZ they believe Aaron’s body was in the tub for a long time, as they noted a smell of decomposition and discolored bathwater.
Aaron’s cause of death has been ruled undetermined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, pending toxicology results.
TMZ reports no suicide note was found and that there were no signs of foul play.