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A photo of Aaron was shown on the big screen in his memory, reading: “Aaron Carter 1987-2022.” Nick’s bandmates shared hugs and pats on the back with him as they spoke of Aaron on his behalf.
“We all grew up together. We’ve been through highs and lows, up and downs. You guys have been through it with us, we’ve been through it with you,” Kevin Richardson said to the audience.
He continued, “Tonight, we’ve got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday. We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize him. Nick’s little brother Aaron Carter passed away yesterday.”
“He’s a part of our family,” Richardson said. “We thank you guys for all your love, all your well wishes and all your support.”
“We’d like to dedicate this next song to our little brother Aaron Carter,” Howie Dorough then said.
The group launched into an a capella performance of “Breathe” in Aaron’s honor.
Aaron Carter was found dead Saturday at his home in Lancaster, California. He was 34. The singer’s career began in the ’90s when, at the age of 9, he opened for the Backstreet Boys. He went on to record Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” both on 2000’s Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It) album, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Over the years, he released five studio albums, worked in television and appeared on Broadway.
Earlier Sunday, Nick shared a post on Instagram in memory of his brother.
“My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded,” he wrote. “I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth…. I love you baby brother.”
See the emotional moment from Backstreet Boys’ London concert in the clips below.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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