TAMPA – Pop stars Nick Carter and Aaron Carter lost their father, Bob Carter, who passed away in Florida at the age of 65.
No official cause of death for the Carter patriarch has been revealed, but sources close to the family said that it appeared that Bob had suffered a heart attack after working all day in the sun and then complaining of chest pains and twitching in his arm, earlier this week.
Son Aaron, 29, tweeted on Tuesday night that Bob had been found unconscious, but deleted the tweet not long after. It was Nick, 37, who formally broke the news—also on Twitter—on Wednesday.
“I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night,” Nick typed.
“While we learn more about the cause of death, and begin the grieving process, we ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Aaron, by contrast, took to social media to tweet a recent selfie he took with his dad.
“My heart is Completly shattered I’m in shock and I loved my dad so much,” read the younger Carter’s caption. “#RIP DADDY I Love You. This is the last pic I have my dad.”
Nick Carter rose to fame in the ‘90s as the youngest member of famed boy band The Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter followed in brother Nick’s footsteps, releasing a couple of pop hits in the early 2000s.
Aaron continued on Instagram: “My heart is broken. We are so hurt we lost you poppa way too soon. You were never human to me, you were always my real life super hero.”
Bob himself, was no stranger to fame, starring on a reality show with his celebrity sons (and their lesser known siblings B.J. Carter, Leslie Carter and Angel Carter) on E!’s House of Carters. The show ran for only one 8-episode season.
Tragically, daughter Leslie—herself an aspiring singer—preceded Bob in death in 2012 from a prescription drug overdose at the age of 25.
Still, Bob was reportedly on good terms with and close to all of the surviving members of the family.