According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, singer Aaron Carter drowned himself after breathing difluoroethane and ingesting alprazolam. While alprazolam is the generic term for the brand-name Xanax, difluoroethane is a gas that is frequently found in compressed air cans.
According to the report acquired by PEOPLE, Carter was “incapacitated while in the bathtub” when the narcotics started to work, sinking under the water and eventually drowning. The news was initially reported by TMZ.
On November 5, the musician’s body was discovered at his Lancaster, California, residence. He was discovered in his bathtub by a house sitter, and prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered in his bedroom, according to police sources at the time, who spoke to PEOPLE. It was anticipated that Carter drowned after losing consciousness.
According to the nonprofit Stop Drowning Now, drowning is the third most common cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol use is a factor in almost one out of every four drowning-related admissions to the emergency room.It was also revealed that singers Whitney Houston and Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries drowned accidentally while intoxicated in their bathtubs.
Carter’s twin sister Angel and older brother Nick paid tribute to the singer in heartfelt posts on social media. Nick commented, “My heart has been broken today.”
My affection for my brother has never wavered, despite the difficulties in our connection. I never lost faith that he would one day desire to live a healthy lifestyle and eventually get the care he so sorely needed.