Nick Carter collapsed on stage as the Backstreet Boys paid a moving tribute to his brother, Aaron Carter, a day after the former child star was found dead in his bathtub.
The grieving singer couldn’t hide his grief as a giant photo of his brother – his hands in a prayer position – was displayed at the back of the stage at London’s huge O2 arena on Sunday.
He also wiped away tears when bandmate Kevin Richardson, 51, made a moving dedication to Carter’s late brother after performing “No Place.”
“This song [No Place] is very special to us – because this song is about family,” Richardson said.
As Carter, 42, sobbed and looked up at the sky, his other bandmates – AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough – came up to hug him.
“Tonight we have a bit of a heavy heart. Because we lost a family member yesterday,” Richardson continued.
“Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter, passed away yesterday… Thank you for all of your love, well wishes and support,” he said.
Dorough, 49, then came on the mic to continue the tribute before the band performed “Breathe”, a song about someone who misses you so much you can’t breathe.
“We would like to dedicate this next song to our little brother Aaron Carter. We will miss you bro,” he said.
Carter appeared on stage just hours after posting an emotional tribute on social media to his brother, who was found dead in a bathtub at his California home on Saturday.
“My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never faded,” Carter wrote alongside a series of photos of them growing up.
“I always held out hope that he would one day, somehow, find a healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real bad guys here,” he pointed out.
“I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know,” he said, adding, “I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth…I love you. love little brother.
New York Post