By Eve Buckland for Dailymail.Com and Christian Oliver
00:12 07 Mar 2023, update 01:51 07 Mar 2023
Nick Carter was seen on a yacht cruise with his Backstreet Boys bandmates in Sydney Harbor on Sunday – days after his mother Jane posted bathroom photos from the ‘scene of the death” of his brother Aaron.
The singer, 43, went shirtless and donned a pair of patterned blue swimsuits as he hung out with his bandmates during a lull in their DNA World Tour.
Nick, who also showed off his tattoos on the yacht, was seen smoking a cigarette as he took in the scenic view, before enjoying a drink.
The star and her bandmates, including Brian Littrell, 48, and Kevin Richardson, 51, were treated to champagne aboard the yacht before taking a paddleboard lesson.
The sighting came after Jane shared shocking snaps from the room where musician Aaron died on November 5 aged 34 and expressed her belief that people are ‘harassing’ the former child star online could have hurt him.
It comes after Jane Carter expressed her belief that Aaron was the victim of a crime and did not die of an overdose.
She posted several photos of the tragic bathroom scene on her social media in a bid to draw authorities’ attention back to the case.
The footage was taken at Mr Carter’s home in Lancaster, California, the day the troubled singer died on November 5 last year.
One of the images showed the tub where the I Want Candy singer died filled with discolored water, likely from the natural bodily aftereffects of death.
The other images show towels spread out on the bathroom floor, with more tinted water surrounding them.
Ms Carter said she had the full support of her son’s friends and family to release the footage to bring attention to the case.
She said she was not taken seriously by police and hoped the message detailing the gruesome scene of her death would lead law enforcement to re-examine Mr Carter’s death.
She also said it was wrong that police could ‘drive through’ the house when the body was discovered by the housekeeper last year, and said there ‘should have been at least an investigation’.
“Due to my son’s mental illness and prescription drug issues, they (the police) just wanted it to be something easy that they didn’t have the time or inclination to sort out.”
The devastated mother added: ‘We want justice. We want answers.
“There are people who need to be held accountable.”
An autopsy conducted by the LA County Coroner’s Office has already confirmed to Mr Carter’s family that he did not drown.
Authorities found he had no water in his lungs, so they believe he died in the bathtub from an overdose.
Ms Carter told TMZ Live that her son had “a number of people harassing him online” and that she thought they might have hurt him.
She said police performed a wellness check on Carter, but claimed she did not see him in person.
Ms Carter added that she was suspicious of the way Aaron died as there was no water from the tub overflowing the edges of the tub, which she believed there would have been s had been removed for CPR.
“He was a drug addict, but I don’t think he wanted to die, I don’t think he would have done so much from that spray.”
But Ms Carter and her son’s fiancee, Melanie Martin, 30, have previously alleged that a drug deal he entered into on the night of his death could have led to an overdose.
In an interview with TMZ in January, Martin said she found text messages on Mr. Carter’s phone from a man demanding $800 for an unknown substance.
Mr Carter, who spent time in rehab between 2011 and 2017, reportedly responded to the man by saying he no longer needed the substance, to which the man replied that it didn’t. didn’t matter because he still owed the money.
He then asked if he was threatened, which is where the messages end.
Ms Martin submitted the text exchange to the Los Angeles Police Department as evidence after the tragic death.
Former child star Carter spent his life marred by drug addiction. It has previously been reported that law enforcement found prescription pills and cans of compressed air in the bathroom where he died.
The star’s manager, Taylor Helgeson, said they discussed his participation in an inpatient rehabilitation program, which was met with resistance from Carter.
He said they plan to spend three months in Utah to ‘detox and get into new physical habits’ – Carter saying he wants to focus on recovering custody of his one-year-old son Prince year, before entering rehab.
A neutral third party will now handle the administration of Mr Carter’s estate after his twin sister Angel dropped her takeover bid.
She is said to have struck a deal with Aaron’s fiancée Ms Martin – mother of his 14-month-old son Prince – to hire a neutral third party to be the administrator of the estate, estimated to be worth around $550,000 in real and personal assets .
In January, in a downtown Los Angeles court, Judge Michael Small granted the twin’s request to withdraw her motion to become a trustee. Financial adviser Aileen Federizo has been named administrator, giving her “full authority” over the estate. The judge has scheduled another hearing for June 25.
In January, Nick Carter’s benefit concert in memory of his estranged brother raised $150,000 for a children’s mental health charity.
Songs For Tomorrow – which Nick and N*Sync’s Lance Bass, 43, headlined at West Hollywood’s Heart – raised money for On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children’s Mental Health.
Nick was also joined by Backstreet Boy bandmate AJ McLean, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, O-Town and LFO for TMZ concert reports – which saw him break down in tears on stage as he paid tribute to Aaron .
He performed a song written in memory of Aaron called Hurts to Love You.
A representative for the Backstreet Boys singer previously told DailyMail.com: “For fans wishing to pay tribute to the life of Aaron Carter, a donation page has been created in place of the flowers in aid of On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children’s Mental Health, an organization that Nick Carter has long supported and is an ambassador for.
‘On Our Sleeves is on a mission to provide every community in America with access to free, evidence-based educational resources needed to break down stigma about children’s mental health as well as educate families and advocates.
“Donations fund educational content, lesson plans for schools, and activities for schools and organizations. By honoring Aaron, you are supporting Nick, Angel, and their family’s commitment to helping others.