Aaron Carter claimed he may have avoided a fatal overdose in an interview he gave just weeks before he was found dead in his bathtub.
Carter said he refused a pill offered to him by his friend and club chairman Mark Fogerty – who took the pill and died that night, Carter told the US Sun.
“I was basically in the middle of the disease,” Carter said of the incident in 2015. “Unfortunately Mark the promoter gave me Percocet. And I ended up giving it back to him. And he took it and died.”
“Mark Fogerty died of a drug overdose in the room next to me.
The late superstar, who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life, said his manager Taylor “Louie” Helgeson advised him not to take the deadly pill that night.
“I showed Taylor. And Taylor took it and he was like, ‘No don’t do it,'” Carter said.
“I said, ‘OK, no problem.'”
Carter had told the outlet that he was close to celebrating five years of sobriety and was dedicated to staying clean.
He said his doctors enrolled him in the FDA-backed Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, which prevents him from trying to abuse prescription drugs. Carter insisted he would never buy drugs off the street after his sister Leslie died of a drug overdose in 2012.
“I’m not a 20-year-old Soundcloud rapper, I’m going to be 35, I’m a father and a homeowner,” he said. “I get high [from] these accolades and these achievements that I am doing now. I am working on my new album, after having a very successful album.
“I have a lot of changes to make and make sure I’m in the right place with my doctors.”
Carter entered outpatient rehab in September to regain custody of his son after a judge granted fiancee Melanie Martin temporary custody due to domestic violence and substance abuse.
Just three days before his death, he was pulled over by police who suspected he was driving under the influence. Officers cleared him after conducting field sobriety tests.
Carter, 34, was found dead in his bathtub on November 5, although no cause of death has yet been released.