Carter’s team said in a statement to ET: “He was at his apartment getting ready to go work and do a video shoot,” said Atherton. “We don’t know how, but the gun went off; the bullet entered his head. It was ruled an accidental shooting by the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Department in Texas.”
Atherton continued, “There’s a lot of rumours going around saying it was suicide or he was murdered … It was completely 100 percent accidental, and it was in his apartment and before the shoot. The incident occurred this past Saturday afternoon.”
“Justin had a potential to, in our eyes, and a lot of people's eyes, to be the next Garth Brooks,” said Atherton.
Carter’s sudden death comes as his music career was starting to really take off. His mother told Fox News he was just about to hit the road on a 10-state tour after being signed to Triple Threat Management. He also released a new songthis link opens in a new tab titled “Love Affair” on March 9.