The Backstreet Boys paid tribute to Aaron Carter, the younger brother of band member Nick Carter, at a show in London on Sunday night, November 6.
“We lost one of our family members yesterday,” Kevin Richardson can be heard saying in this video by Jade H. “He was a part of our family and we thank you guys for all the love and all the well wishes and all the support.”
As Richardson was speaking Carter was filmed fighting back tears as his other band members comforted him.
Aaron Carter was reportedly found dead at his southern California home on November 5. He was 34.
Nick Carter took to Twitter on Sunday to say his heart was “broken” at the news.
“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,” Carter said.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness are the real villains here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you baby brother.”
This video shows the Backstreet Boys paying tribute to Aaron. “Not a dry eye in the arena,” Jade H tweeted. Credit: Jade H via Storyful
- Thank you so much, London. And that was our latest and last-- very last-- single off of the "DNA" album. And that song is very special to us. Because that song is about family.
Everybody in here, we all grew up together. We've been through highs and lows, ups and downs. You guys have been through it with us. We've been through it with you. And we thank you for taking us on that journey with you. We thank you for being a part of the Backstreet family for 29 years. We Thank you for all the love throughout the years.
Tonight, we've got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday. And we just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize him.
Nick's little brother Aaron Carter passed away yesterday at 43 years old.