On November 5, the world learned that actor and singer Aaron Carter had passed away at the young age of 34. According to initial reports, Los Angeles police were called to Carter’s Lancaster, California home for an unresponsive person. There, Carter was found unresponsive in his bathtub, and, not long after, he was officially declared dead. While police believe that Carter drowned in his bathtub, an autopsy will be performed to confirm this, since Carter was alone at the time of his death.
Throughout his life, Carter — the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter –had a very public struggle with addiction and mental health issues. His drug issue is thought to have played a role in his death, but nothing has been confirmed. But we are now learning more about what police found at the scene, and it could give us insight into what led to Carter’s drowning.
In an exclusive report from TMZ, Los Angeles police found empty cans of compressed air and prescription medication at Carter’s home.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … there were multiple cans of compressed air in Aaron’s bathroom and bedroom, as well as prescription pills. It’s not clear if that’s what caused him to drown, but obviously, it’s a big clue into what may have happened.
According to the American Addiction Centers, huffing has severe short-term and long-term side effects.
Huffing canned air can cause an immediate rush of euphoria as well as possible hallucinations and delusions. The effects of huffing may also be paralyzing, interfering with a person’s ability to move normally or even move at all. Dizziness, loss of inhibitions, inability to make sound decisions, and slurred speech are common results of huffing. The huffing “high” generally lasts for only a few minutes, NIDA reports.
The journal Paediatrics and Child Health reports that these drugs can damage neural membranes and myelin as well as lead to brainstem dysfunction, which can cause motor, sensory, and cognitive deficits. Irritability, hearing loss, slurred speech, tremors, lack of motor coordination, bone marrow toxicity, and vision problems may be long-term results of huffing. Damage to major organs, such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs, and to the central nervous system can also be the result of repeated huffing.
At this time, Carter’s death remains “undetermined”. The coroner will only be able to make an official determination once the toxicology reports are done, which can take weeks to months. Police also confirmed that there was no suicide note and no foul play is suspected.