Nick Carter’s father, former Western NY bar owner and reality star, dies at 65
Bob Carter, second from right, is seen after he married Ginger Elrod, third from right in Key West, Fla. Thursday April 1, 2004. Carter was accompanied by his son, the singer Aaron Carter, right, and his twin sister, Angel Carter, left. Bob Carter divorced his first wife and mother of Aaron, Angel, Nick, Leslie and Bobbie earlier that year. (The Associated Press)
A former Western New York bar owner and reality TV star is dead.
TMZ reports Robert “Bob” Carter, the father of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, died Tuesday in Florida. He was 65. A cause of death has not been announced. Nick’s younger brother, singer Aaron Carter, reportedly said his father had been found unconscious on Twitter, but has since deleted the tweet.
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys visits the Mix 106.1 Performance Theater on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. Owen Sweeney | Invision | AP
“I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night,” Nick Carter wrote on Twitter Wednesday. Bob Carter notably appeared on the 2006 reality TV show “House of Carters” with his family. The E! series featured Nick and Aaron, along with their parents and siblings Leslie, Angel and Bobbie.
Bob Carter and his children lived in Florida, where he had managed the Garden Villa Retirement Home, but started his family near Buffalo. Carter owned and managed the Yankee Rebel bar in Jamestown, where Nick was born, during the early ’80s. According to the Westfield Republican, the Yankee Rebel was located on East Main Street and became Caf Barista in 2003 and the Sapore restaurant in 2008. Nick Carter told People in 2009 that alcohol had long been a part of his life, thanks largely to the bar.
“If you want me to be honest, I had my first drink when I was 2 years old,” he told the magazine of his “hardcore drinking” troubles.
The 36-year-old singer, best known for boy band hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” was arrested in 2016 after an alleged bar fight in Florida. Carter was accused of grabbing a security guard by the throat.
Aaron Carter is scheduled to perform at HOT 107.9’s Birthday Bash on June 22 at at Sharkey’s Bar and Gril in Liverpool, N.Y. The pop singer is best known for the 2000 hit “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It),” plus “That’s How I Beat Shaq” and collaborations with Flo Rida and Busta Rhymes.
- ^ TMZ (www.tmz.com)
- ^ Nick Carter (www.syracuse.com)
- ^ Leslie Carter (blog.syracuse.com)
- ^ Westfield Republican (westfieldrepublican.com)
- ^ People (people.com)
- ^ arrested (www.syracuse.com)
- ^ Aaron Carter (www.syracuse.com)
- ^ Celebrity deaths in 2017: Famous people who died this year (www.syracuse.com)