On November 5, 2022, Aaron’s housekeeper found him dead at home aged 34 of what the coroner ruled was an accidental overdose.
An autopsy has since revealed that the actor and singer drowned in the bath after consuming Xanax and huffing, TMZ reported.
As the first anniversary of his ‘unbelievable’ family tragedy approached, Nick, 43 – who this year denied sexual assault allegations from three different accusers – bared his soul to E! News about his grieving process.
Looking back on his history with Aaron, Nick reflected that ‘no matter what he and I had gone through in our lives, we always were able to make amends, always were able to get back to that place, and now I can’t anymore and, you know, it hurts.’
Emotion: Nick Carter was reduced to tears as he revealed he is ‘still processing’ his younger brother Aaron Carter ‘s death, which took place one year ago this Sunday
Dearly departed: Aaron died on November 5, 2022, having drowned in the bath after consuming Xanax and huffing, according to his autopsy
Nick and his brother infamously had a rollercoaster relationship over the years, going through multiple fallings-out as Aaron wrestled with his demons.
Their problems came to a head in 2019, when Nick revealed that he and his sister Angel had filed a restraining order against Aaron.
‘In light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confessions that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family,’ Nick announced on Twitter.
When Aaron died, a devastated Nick wrote on Instagram: ‘Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.’
In his new interview, he shared that Aaron’s death is ‘still unbelievable to me,’ and that he feels the sting of his brother’s absence during the holidays.
‘These are like moments and milestones and times when I’ve actually shared those memories with my brother and with my family, good times,’ said Nick.
‘And even though I’m sharing it with my kids and my family now, it’s still, there’s times when I sit by myself – or if I’m in my car – and I say to myself: “This is unbelievable.”‘
Nick’s eyes swam with tears, and he found himself barely able to contain his emotion as he said: ‘Yeah, I’m just still processing the whole thing, and sometimes you push it down because you don’t wanna think about it, and then it comes out like this so…but I’m hoping that one day I can make sense of it all.’
Bereaved: After collecting himself, Nick added: ‘It’s just that no matter what, he’s my brother and I miss him, I love him’; Nick and Aaron are pictured
Ups and downs: Nick and his brother infamously had a rollercoaster relationship over the years, going through multiple fallings-out as Aaron wrestled with his demons; pictured 2005
Babe in arms: A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of Aaron’s son Princeton Lyric Carter, who will turn two in three weeks’ time
After collecting himself, he added: ‘It’s just that no matter what, he’s my brother and I miss him, I love him. I hope one day it’ll all make sense and I’m working on it.’
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of Aaron’s son Princeton Lyric Carter, who will turn two the day before Thanksgiving.
Doctors and pharmacies stand accused of prescribing Aaron drugs despite being aware of his ‘mental health and psychiatric condition’ and not having sufficient medical reason to furnish him with the medication, TMZ reports.
The drugs listed in the court documents are alprazolam – of which Xanax is a brand – as well as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Walgreens is one of the defendants in the suit, which claims the pharmacists’ antennae should have been raised by the amounts of medication Aaron was obtaining, in light of his psychiatric problems.