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    Nick Carter took to the stage with the Backstreet Boys to perform for fans just a day after his younger brother Aaron was found dead.

    The chart-topping star, 42, was later seen breaking down in tears on stage at London's O2 Arena as a slideshow of photos of him and Aaron, 34, played out on the big screen as part of a tribute.

    Bandmate Kevin Richardson took to the mic to make a speech on behalf of Nick, referring to the profound loss they felt as a "family" as he thanked the crowd for their messages of support and condolence.

    READ MORE: Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter says 'heart is broken' after brother Aaron dies at 34

    Fans of the band were stunned to see that Nick was still joining the band as part of their DNA tour, amid speculation that Nick might have jetted back to LA after the tragic news of Aaron passing away.

    However, he was present to give fans the planned show, with Nick welling up a few songs in while performing BSB hit Incomplete.

    Backstreet Boys fan Robert Earnest told The Mirror: "It's so emotional, Nick is getting massive cheers every time he sings. The atmosphere is crazy. It just feels like everyone is doing their best to support Nick by cheering him on."

    Robert added: "Lots of people are crying and hugging each other, there's a real sense of unity, even though they don't know him it's like everyone is feeling Nick's grief and trying to help him through it."

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    Nick and his family were left devastated after Aaron was unresponsive in his bath on Friday, with Nick taking to Instagram to pay tribute to his brother.

    He wrote: "My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.

    "I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.

    "Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here.

    "I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth… I love you baby brother."


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