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Nick Carter 'thankful to spend quality time with loved ones' following brother Aaron's tragic death


Nick Carter and his family seemed to have enjoyed an old fashioned Thanksgiving, even as they continued to mourn the death of his brother Aaron, who died November 5 at the age of 34.

The Backstreet Boys singer, 41, posted a series of pictures from the festivities with his wife Lauren Kitt, 37, and their three kids, Odin, six, Saoirse, three and Pearl, 19 months, along with extended family members.

Writing on Instagram, the Larger Than Life singer expressed his feelings, ‘So thankful to spend some quality time with all our loved ones on Thanksgiving. we hope you all had a great time as well.’

Thankful: Nick Carter, 41, spent the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family, including his wife, Lauren Kitt and kids Odin, six, Saoirse, three and Pearl, 19 months, along with extended family members

Thankful: Nick Carter, 41, spent the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family, including his wife, Lauren Kitt and kids Odin, six, Saoirse, three and Pearl, 19 months, along with extended family members

Photos show the kids coloring and playing in their rumpus room.  

NSYNC singer Lance Bass noted the nine kids in the family photos and commented, ‘Your kids table must have been huge!’

The holiday was bittersweet for the Carter family, as they are still reeling from the death of younger brother Aaron, who was found dead at his home in Lancaster, California earlier this month.

Quality time: Writing on Instagram, the Larger Than Life singer expressed his feelings, 'So thankful to spend some quality time with all our loved ones on Thanksgiving. we hope you all had a great time as well'

Quality time: Writing on Instagram, the Larger Than Life singer expressed his feelings, ‘So thankful to spend some quality time with all our loved ones on Thanksgiving. we hope you all had a great time as well’

Still mourning: Nick and his family are still mourning the death of his younger brother, Aaron, who died earlier this month at the age of 34

Still mourning: Nick and his family are still mourning the death of his younger brother, Aaron, who died earlier this month at the age of 34

Charity: No cause of death has been released, but Aaron had long struggled with mental health issues. Nick and his sister, Angel, are raising money for On Our Sleeves, a children’s mental health organization.

No cause of death has been released, but the I Want Candy singer had long struggled with mental health issues as well as drug and alcohol addiction.

As a tribute to Aaron, Nick and his sister, Angel, are raising money for On Our Sleeves, a children’s mental health organization. 

Aaron also left behind his fiancée, Melanie Martin, 29, and son Prince, who turned one November 21. 

Kids table: NSYNC singer Lance Bass noted the nine kids in the family photos and commented, 'Your kids table must have been huge!'

Kids table: NSYNC singer Lance Bass noted the nine kids in the family photos and commented, ‘Your kids table must have been huge!’

Holiday special: Nick and his bandmates recently completed work on the upcoming A Very Backstreet Holiday, which will debut on ABC December 14. The show will feature songs from their new holiday album

Holiday special: Nick and his bandmates recently completed work on the upcoming A Very Backstreet Holiday, which will debut on ABC December 14. The show will feature songs from their new holiday album

Holiday special: Nick and his bandmates recently completed work on the upcoming A Very Backstreet Holiday, which will debut on ABC December 14. The show will feature songs from their new holiday album

Family time: Photos show the kids coloring and playing in their rumpus room and hanging out with the family dog

Family time: Photos show the kids coloring and playing in their rumpus room and hanging out with the family dog

Melanie seemed to be carrying on as best she could, sharing a short video clip of Prince, one, hanging out in the kitchen with his mom on Thanksgiving.

The tyke was bundled up in a red sweater and jeans as he played with the cabinet doors. 

The beauty influencer looked comfortable in a pale pink sweater and jeans as she knelt by the boy, writing ‘His Smile’ on the video. 

TMZ cited a family source who told them Melanie’s family chipped in to make the day special, helping make the Turkey, which was Aaron’s specialty.

Bittersweet: Thanksgiving week was bittersweet for the late Aaron Carter's fiancée', Melanie Martin, 24 and their one-year-old son, Prince. Thursday was the first holiday since the singer's death earlier this month at age 34

Bittersweet: Thanksgiving week was bittersweet for the late Aaron Carter’s fiancée’, Melanie Martin, 24 and their one-year-old son, Prince. Thursday was the first holiday since the singer’s death earlier this month at age 34

Carrying on: Melanie seemed to be carrying on as best she could, sharing a short video clip of the couple's adorable son, Prince, one, hanging out in the kitchen with his mom

Carrying on: Melanie seemed to be carrying on as best she could, sharing a short video clip of the couple’s adorable son, Prince, one, hanging out in the kitchen with his mom

They also continued the Bounce artist’s tradition of watching film favorites Home Alone and Iron Man.

This week was made even more emotional, as Prince celebrated his first birthday only days before on November 21. 

To mark the occasion, the grieving single mom posted a video of the late So Much To Say singer playing the piano in their first days as a family of three as Melanie and a then-newborn Price sat by his side.

‘I can barely watch this video but I thought I would share. I loved these moments we had such a beautiful family,’ she wrote next to the clip. The couple’s beloved dog, Zelda, was also at the gathering.

Birthday: Prince turned one November 21. Melanie shared a video of their family as Aaron played for the piano to a then-newborn Prince writing, 'I can barely watch this video but I thought I would share. I loved these moments we had such a beautiful family'

Birthday: Prince turned one November 21. Melanie shared a video of their family as Aaron played for the piano to a then-newborn Prince writing, ‘I can barely watch this video but I thought I would share. I loved these moments we had such a beautiful family’

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