Hilary Duff of 'Lizzie McGuire' mourns ex Aaron Carter

Hilary Duff penned a heartfelt tribute Saturday to ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter, who was found lifeless this weekend at his dwelling in Lancaster. He was 34.

The “Lizzie McGuire” actor and the “i would like candy” singer dated on and off inside the early 2000s after they had been each youngsters on the peak of their fame. in holding with E! information, the earlier little one stars had been romantically linked for about three years earlier than formally calling it quits.

the la County Sheriff’s division acknowledged Saturday that authorities had been investigating the circumstances surrounding Carter’s dying after receiving a name from a dwelling sitter who found him unresponsive in a tub. Carter had been vocal about his struggles with substance use, as properly as to numerous psychological well being circumstances — collectively with persona dysfunction, schizophrenia, acute nervousness and manic melancholy.

“For Aaron — I’m deeply sorry that life was so onerous for you and that you only wished to battle in-entrance of all of the world,” Duff, 35, wrote in a press launch posted on Instagram. “You had a appeal that was fully effervescent… boy did my teenage self love you deeply.”

collectively with courting Duff, the late musician and tv persona additionally visitor-starred in a well-known episode of her hit sitcom, “Lizzie McGuire.” The beloved episode — which premiered on Disney Channel in March 2001 — sees Lizzie (Duff) and her associates sneak onto the set of Carter’s journey music video, the place the teenager heroine and the rising pop star share a kiss underneath the mistletoe.

“Sending desire to your liked ones proper now,” Duff continued in her assertion. “relaxation straightforward.”

Duff was amongst a quantity of celebrities who mourned Carter’s dying this weekend on social media. Melissa Joan Hart, who labored with Carter on an episode of her current, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” wrote on Instagram, “Sending desire to the household and associates and followers of #AaronCarter. relaxation In Peace!”

On Twitter, songwriter Diane Warren wrote, “Fame at a youthful age is usually extra a curse than a blessing and Surviving it is not straightforward. RIP Aaron Carter.”

Carter was additionally honored by his twin sister, Angel Conrad, and older brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. In 1997, Aaron Carter opened for the Backstreet Boys on tour, and his dying drew condolences from fully different boybands of the period, reminiscent of ‘N SYNC and New youngsters on the Block.

“we’re saddened by the information of the sudden passing of Aaron Carter right now,” ‘N SYNC tweeted. “Our hearts exit to his household, associates and followers all by way of this troublesome time. relaxation In Peace Aaron.”

“we’re shocked and saddened with reference to the sudden passing of Aaron Carter,” New youngsters on the Block tweeted. “Sending prayers to the Carter household. relaxation in peace, Aaron.”

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