Hilary Duff of ‘Lizzie McGuire’ mourns ex Aaron Carter

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

The “Lizzie McGuire” actor and the “I Want Candy” singer dated on and off within the early 2000s after they have been each youngsters on the peak of their fame. In keeping with E! Information, the previous little one stars have been romantically linked for about three years earlier than formally calling it quits.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned Saturday that authorities have been investigating the circumstances surrounding Carter’s demise after receiving a name from a home sitter who discovered him unresponsive in a bath. Carter had been vocal about his struggles with substance use, in addition to varied psychological well being situations — together with character dysfunction, schizophrenia, acute nervousness and manic melancholy.

“For Aaron — I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in-front of the whole world,” Duff, 35, wrote in an announcement posted on Instagram. “You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent… boy did my teenage self love you deeply.”

Along with relationship Duff, the late musician and TV character additionally guest-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 vacation music video, the place the teenager heroine and the rising pop star share a kiss underneath the mistletoe.

“Sending love to your family at this time,” Duff continued in her assertion. “Rest easy.”

Duff was amongst a number of celebrities who mourned Carter’s demise this weekend on social media. Melissa Joan Hart, who labored with Carter on an episode of her present, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” wrote on Instagram, “Sending love to the family and friends and fans of #AaronCarter. Rest In Peace!”

On Twitter, songwriter Diane Warren wrote, “Fame at a young age is often more a curse than a blessing and Surviving it is not easy. 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 demise drew condolences from different boybands of the period, reminiscent of ‘N SYNC and New Kids on the Block.

“We are saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Aaron Carter today,” ‘N SYNC tweeted. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Aaron.”

“We are shocked and saddened about the sudden passing of Aaron Carter,” New Kids on the Block tweeted. “Sending prayers to the Carter family. Rest in peace, Aaron.”

See more tributes to Carter below.