4:53 PM PT -- Aaron's fiancé, Melanie Martin, tells TMZ .."My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away.  

I love Aaron with all my heart and it’s going to be a journey to raise a son without a father. 

Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly. 

We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated." 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tells TMZ ... Aaron's house sitter found his body in the bath tub and called authorities. 

The singer-turned-rapper and actor was found dead Saturday at his house in Lancaster, 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they received a 911 call at 11 AM Saturday that a male had drowned in the tub. 

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