The Backstreet Boys have paid an emotional tribute to the late Aaron Carter during last night’s show at London’s O2 Arena.
Carter, the brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick, was found dead at home in Southern California last week (November 5).
The former 90s child star was aged 34 and found unresponsive in his bathtub after police received a 911 call at 11am.
Performing at the cavernous London venue last night (November 6), the group led tributes by playing an in memoriam video of Aaron Carter while performing ‘No Place’. Singer Kevin Richardson then proceeded to directly address the death.
“Tonight, we’ve got a little bit of heavy hearts,” Richardson said, “because we lost one of our family members yesterday. We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognise him.” He continued: “Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter, passed away yesterday, and he’s a part of our family and we thank you guys for all the love, all your well-wishes, and all your support.”
Nick Carter appeared visibly emotional during the tribute, as Richardson told the crowd that the song “is about family”.
Paying tribute in a separate Instagram post, Carter previously said: “My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. 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.”