Singer Aaron Carter found dead at Lancaster home
Aaron Carter, a popular Country music singer, died Saturday morning at his home in Florida after suffering a possible heart attack. He was 59. The cause of death, however, was never disclosed.
His family issued a statement Saturday evening. “Our family and friends are mourning the passing of Aaron this morning. He was an amazing father and husband, and he was loved to the world who knew him through his music. Our hearts are now with his family during this terribly difficult time.”
Carter was discovered dead in the family home on Lancaster Drive. Police found the singer’s body in his backyard.
He was supposed to perform Saturday night at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, on West Lancaster, and was to play the next night at the Pillsbury Park Country Club.
Carter’s last show in his lifetime was on Sept. 26, 2016, when he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
At the time, Carter — who had won 10 Grammys, including one for his performance of “TNT” in the “Gospel of Life” episode of the TV series — said, “I’m trying to keep my spirits up, but it’s hard. So much work. I started working in country music. And it really opened up my heart to God. ’Cause country’s kind of God. It’s his music. He’s in it, so you have that. And then you see how people live, in their lives, and you realize if you’re a good enough person, God’s got this for you.”
Carter had been in ill health for several years. An arrest in 2008 on a charge of selling $2 million worth of cocaine to a confidential informant resulted in a five-year prison sentence.
He was released that same year.
Carter played in several major country music groups and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, where he had been playing since the ’60s.
His song “I’m Right There,” from his 1999 album, “In the Pocket,” was named Country Music’s 1999 Single of the Year. His songs also included the duet with Trisha Yearwood of “A Little Bit of Everything” and