Carrie Ann Inaba remembers working with Aaron Carter on Dancing with the Stars

‘One of the brightest lights’: Carrie Ann Inaba remembers working with Aaron Carter on Dancing With The Stars… after he dies at age 34

Carrie Ann Inaba mourned the late Aaron Carter – who died this weekend at the age of 34 – on Monday’s tribute episode of Dancing With The Stars.

Carter was a contestant and competed on the show in 2009 with Karina Smirnoff as his partner.

The week eight episode of Dancing With The Stars was dubbed ’90s night’ in remembrance of Carter, who placed fifth during his run on the show.

Remembering: Carrie Ann Inaba mourned and honored the late Aaron Carter – who died this weekend at the age of 34 – on Monday’s tribute episode of Dancing With The Stars

His time on the show: Carter was a contestant and competed on the show in 2009 with Karina Smirnoff as his partner

His time on the show: Carter was a contestant and competed on the show in 2009 with Karina Smirnoff as his partner

Inaba, 54, told reporters at a virtual round-table hosted by Disney+ that the late musician left a lasting impression on her when they worked together 13 years ago.

‘When he was on Dancing with the Stars, he was one of the brightest lights,’ she remembered.

‘He was one of the people who always came up behind the scenes whether there’s a rule in place or not — like “you’re not supposed to talk to one of the judges” — he didn’t let that stop him.’

The late musician, who is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, was always transparent about his personal struggles.

She continued that despite that, he never let that affect his attitude or others. ‘He was always effusive and always trying to connect with people,’ she said.

A shock: The late artist passed away on Saturday morning in his home located in Lancaster, California;  seen in 2017

A shock: The late artist passed away on Saturday morning in his home located in Lancaster, California; seen in 2017

‘I will always remember Aaron as this beautiful heart and light,’ Inaba said. ‘And I just wish for him eternal peace.’

She continued, ‘And my heart and my prayers and my thoughts go out to his family, because it’s a tremendous loss for all of us.’

Carter passed away at his home in Lancaster, California on Saturday. He was 34 years old. No official cause of death has been shared.

Former child star: The late musician was vocal about his struggles with addiction and mental health propelled by growing up in the spotlight;  seen in 2000

Former child star: The late musician was vocal about his struggles with addiction and mental health propelled by growing up in the spotlight; seen in 2000

In past years, Carter was open about struggling with and seeking treatment for addiction and mental health. The star also faced legal troubles.

Last year, he became a father and welcomed his first child with his on-and-off fiancée Melanie Martin after the couple suffered a miscarriage. The musician leaves behind not only his musical legacy but his 11-month-old son Prince.

In September, Carter revealed that he was voluntarily attending an outpatient rehab to mend his relationship with his fiancée and hopefully regain custody of their son.

Musical gift: The singer-songwriter's sixth studio album Blacklisted was released posthumously on Monday;  seen with brother Nick in the early 2000s

Musical gift: The singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album Blacklisted was released posthumously on Monday; seen with brother Nick in the early 2000s

His legacy: The late musician and his on-and-off fiancée welcomed their son last year in November 2021

His legacy: The late musician and his on-and-off fiancée welcomed their son last year in November 2021

The Sun reported that his fiancée’s mother had been granted temporary custody due to domestic violence and drug use concerns.

He listed his house in Lancaster for sale last month. He was hoping to start a ‘new chapter’ in his life.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Selling my 2nd home. Real estate has been super good to me. Ready for a new chapter in my 3rd home which I plan on staying to make a beautiful life for my family.’ The home has been removed off the market and is no longer for sale.

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