Tragic news today out of the music industry:
Justin Carter, a rising country artist, died this week due to an accidental shooting that took place in Texas.
He was 35 years old.
According to a local ABC affiliate, Carter passed away after a prop gun (being used as part of a music video shoot) went off in his apartment.
Mark Atherton of Triple Threat Management, with whom Carter had recently signed, told ABC13 in Houston of the late singer:
"Justin had a potential to, you know, in our eyes, and a lot of people's eyes to be the next Garth Brooks."
The sad news went public on Thursday but a message was shared on Carter's Instagram page on March 17 that reads as follows:
Please Keep Justin’s Family In Your Prayers & Give Them Privacy In This Hard Time. Justin Is No Longer With Us, He Has Passed Away. He Will Be Missed By Us All.
He Was Always Full Of Joy, Laughter, And Loved On So Many People In His Life. Justin Appreciated All His Fans And Their Support. Justin Loved All Of You.
Thank You All For Your Support! We Will Have More Details Releasing Soon On How You Can Help Donate & Help His Family With Burial And Everything!
Rest In Heaven My Brother!
Carter's mother also spoke to ABC11, telling the outlet of her son:
"His music was his world. He was always there for everybody."
She added in a separate interview with Fox News:
"He was a wonderful artist. He was the voice, he was the total package and we’re trying to keep his legend [alive]… He just loved music, he was very gifted and by God, his voice was spectacular."
Atherton, meanwhile, added that he "doesn't know too many details" about the accidental shooting -- except that, as previously mentioned, it occurred during production of a video.
He also described his new client as “kind of like the class clown, but when it was time to get down to business, he got down to it.”
On his official Facebook bio, Carter listed Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Clay Walker, Garth Brooks and George Strait among his favorite artists.
This same profile also says that Carter’s passion came from “the sound of old country, and he clings to that feeling he gets when he hears it and tries to push that into his music.”
Carter, according to that page, had just finished his solo album.
Over a six-month period, he wrote, produced and recorded over 30 songs.
Carter was an Army veteran, and his mother has set up a fund to solicit funeral expenses while waiting to see whether his service qualifies for VA assistance.
"Justin always wanted to reach the top,” reads a statement posted on the singer’s Facebook page. “It’s unfortunate it has to be this way, but Justin’s name is worldwide now & his music.”
Our thoughts go out to Carter's friends, family members and loved ones.
May he rest in peace.