Aaron Carter’s family has claimed he suffered a drug overdose after coroners told them no water was found in his lungs, ruling out drowning as a cause of death.
The troubled singer was found dead in his bathtub in his Californian home at the age of 34 on November 5 after cops responded to a report of ‘drowning’.
But now his fiancée Melanie Martin, 30, and mother Jane Carter are urging officers to investigate an alleged drug deal he made on the night that he died as they believe it could have led him to overdose.
Aaron Carter’s mother Jane, pictured left, and his fiancée Melanie Martin, right, claim coroners did not find water in the late star’s lungs, ruling out drowning as a cause of death
In an interview with TMZ, Martin said she had found text messages on Carter’s phone from a man demanding $800 for an unknown substance.
Carter, who did rehab stints in 2011 and 2017, reportedly replied to the man claiming he no longer needed the substance to which the man responded it didn’t matter as he still owed the money.
He then asked if he was being threatened, which is where the messages end.
Martin has submitted the text exchange to the Los Angeles Police Department as evidence.
The bereaved influencer, who recently gained custody of the one-year-old son she shares with Carter, cryptically accused Instagram user @momoh of having ‘gangsters give Aaron supplies’ via Instastory on Monday night.
Both Martin and Carter’s mother revealed the L.A County Coroner’s Office had told them no water was found in the star’s lungs meaning he could not have drowned.
They are awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine what was in his system.
It echoes the way Carter’s older sister, Leslie, died after she suffered a drug overdose in 2012 when she was just 25 years old.
In the spring, Aaron’s family will travel to the Florida Keys to spread his and Leslie’s ashes.
Troubled former teen idol Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in the bathtub of his California home on November 5
Last month, Martin regained full custody of their 14-month-old son Prince, who will solely inherit Carter’s $550K estate consisting of real estate and personal property due to him never writing a will
Melanie – who turned over all the evidence to the LAPD to investigate – cryptically accused Instagram user @momoh of having ‘gangsters give Aaron supplies’ via Instastory on Monday night
Officers were called to Carter’s home at 10.58am on the day he died in response to a 911 call.
Cops believe his body was in the tub for a long time as there was a smell of decomposition and the water had turned an unnatural color.
The jets in the tub were still running and law enforcement also found multiple cans of compressed air in Carter’s bathroom and bedroom as well as prescription pills.
Carter’s death certificate released in November revealed the singer indicated an autopsy was performed before his body was cremated.
However a cause of death was deferred at the time.
And while they await the official toxicology results, the LA County Coroner’s Office confirmed there was no water found in the troubled singer’s lungs, which ruled out drowning as the cause of death
‘My heart is broken’: The former child star’s big brother – Backstreet Boy Nick Carter – previously wrote on November 6 that ‘addition and mental illness’ were ‘the real villains here’
His fiancée has previously told Page Six that Carter ‘didn’t know how to escape his demons’, claiming he would get ‘suckered’ into partying while trying to maintain sobriety.
Meanwhile his brother and Backstreet Boys’ star Nick Carter, from whom he was estranged, previously said of the tragedy, ‘addiction and mental illness is the real villain here.’
Writing on Instagram on November 6, he said: ‘My heart has been broken today.
‘Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.
‘I have always held onto the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.’
Aaron Carter pictured with his older brother and Backstreet Boys’ member Nick Carter
‘It hurts to love you / but I love you still’: Last Thursday, the 42-year-old Grammy nominee dropped the music video for his new somber song Hurts to Love You, which featured childhood footage of Aaron projected behind him
The tribute came as Nick, 42, released a music video Hurts to Love You last Thursday as a tribute to his brother.
The film features childhood footage of Carter.
Nick is expected to perform the track live at Lance Bass’ sold-out concert Songs for Tomorrow on Wednesday at Heart Weho in West Hollywood.
The event benefits children’s mental health organization On Our Sleeves.
Fans can expect Nick to perform the track live at Lance Bass’ sold-out concert Songs For Tomorrow happening this Wednesday at HEART Weho in West Hollywood, which benefits children’s mental health organization On Our Sleeves
The celebration of life – also hosted by Carter’s twin sister Angel Conrad (left, pictured in 2015) – will feature performances from members of the Backstreet Boys, members of *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, B. Howard, Ryan Cabrera, and many more TBA
The celebration of life – also hosted by Carter’s twin sister Angel Conrad – will feature performances from members of the Backstreet Boys, members of *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, B. Howard, Ryan Cabrera, and more to be announced.
For fans unable to make it to Los Angeles, Songs of Tomorrow will also be livestreamed via https://songsfortomorrow.veeps.com.