We were saddened by the tragic news that Aaron Carter suddenly passed away on Saturday at his home in Lancaster, California.
Now, his friend, Gary Madatyan, is speaking out about the tragic event in an interview with ET.
Madatyan and Aaron’s ex, Melanie Martin, arrived at the house shortly after the news broke about Aaron’s death.
When I got there, the house was completely closed. We couldn’t get into the house. The police were doing the investigation and the body was still in the house.Gary Madatyan to ET
After they removed the body from the house, they allowed just a few people to get into the house. We just wanted to go in there and see if any blood or any alcohol or anything was in the house.Gary Madatyan to ET
I went to his bedroom, the bedroom was normal — I went to the bathroom where the bathtub was full of water, like, yellowish color.Gary Madatyan to ET
There was a time he was [huffing aerosol cans] on Instagram. As soon as I saw it, me and Melanie, we got in on a text message saying, ‘This is bad. This is not good.’ We were very worried about him.Gary Madatyan to ET
It was really bad… He looked terrible. He lost so much weight. He was not acting normal. His mind was not there… I heard he’s taking a lot of medication, not specifically illegal drugs, but he was on a lot of medication.Gary Madatyan to ET
I personally think he was on medication and had fallen asleep in a bathtub… I think it’s a tragic accident, because he loved life. He had so many plans. Even though he had mental issues, addiction, he loved life.Gary Madatyan to ET
When I got there, the day the incident happened, there were no friends with him — That’s why it’s kind of concerning me what happened. What was going on the day before? We need to find out.Gary Madatyan to ET
According to Gary, Aaron was really struggling over the ongoing custody issues with Melanie over his infant son, Prince.
I think he was doing OK until this child custody case came in — He was very heartbroken that he couldn’t see his child and had a lot of meetings with his attorneys.Gary Madatyan to ET
Along with the custody battle, Aaron was dealing with financial struggles, addictions, and being estranged from his family.
To make matters worse, Aaron had been diagnosed with “multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.”
We had a conversation together. He said, ‘What do you want me to do?’ I said, ‘Can we please check you into rehab?’… He goes, ‘OK, I’ll do it. Just give me a week and I’ll do it. Give me two weeks and I’ll do it.’ It never happened … I think the mental illness he has and the addiction he had I think was controlling his life. Aaron also was very lonely person in his mind.Gary Madatyan to ET
Our thoughts go out to Aaron’s family and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.