How did Leslie Carter die? Details emerge about Nick and Aaron Carter’s sister’s death

Leslie Carter

House of Carters reality star Leslie Carter, the sister of Backstreet Boys Nick and Aaron Carter, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 25.

The grieving family confirmed the news and released the following statement:

“Our family is grieving right now and it’s a private matter. We are deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time.”

The mother of one was an aspiring singer and married Mike Ashton in April of 2011. The family has been quiet about the details surrounding Leslie’s death, but TMZ has sources close to Leslie who reveal she had recently moved in with her family in upstate New York while she tried to kick an addiction to prescription medication.

According to the source family members left Leslie alone at the home while they ran errands for only an hour and found her unconscious when they returned. Emergency crews were called to the scene, but they were unable to revive her. TMZ was told Leslie’s 10-month-old daughter was not at home at the time.

UPDATE – Us magazine has obtained a copy of the police report which indicates Leslie Carter did in fact die from a drug overdose. From Us:

Her stepmother, Ginger Carter, called 911 on Tuesday from their Mayville, New York home, telling paramedics that Leslie (married mother to a 10-month-old daughter, Alyssa) was “asleep on her bed and not breathing.”

Her father, Robert Carter, attempted CPR. Paramedics arrived and transported Leslie to Westfield Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:59 p.m. Authorities reported that prescription drugs Olanzapine, Cyclobensaprine and Alprazolam — which treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety — were discovered near Leslie’s body.

Ginger later told police in an interview that Leslie had been found asleep in the shower earlier in the day and was escorted to her bed. According to the police report, Ginger appeared to be under the influence during the interview and she revealed that she had taken “5-6 pills (possibly Xanax) that day to help cope with her depression.

House of Carters cast photo Aaron Carter, Bobbie Jean Carter, Leslie Carter, Angel Carter, Nick Carter
^ The cast of House of Carters (from left to right) Aaron Carter, Bobbie Jean Carter, Leslie Carter, Angel Carter, and Nick Carter (Photo: Noemi Torres / WENN)

Aside from appearing on House of Carters, Leslie Carter was also a singer. Her biggest success came with the single “Like Wow” off the 2001 Shrek soundtrack. Here’s the music video:

UPDATE – Aaron Carter has issued a statement regarding his sister’s death:

Aaron Carter would like to thank all his fans, friends and especially his cast and crew at The Fantasticks for their outpouring of love and support during this tragic time.

I am with my family spending much needed time together as we deal with this private matter. I look forward to returning to my Fantasticks’ Family and performing the role of ‘Matt’ for all my amazing fans. Again, I request privacy for my family and no further statements will be made at this time.

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  • Samantha

    umm Leslie Dsughter is not 1 year old she’s 10 months old

  • mel

    She was too young. Rest in peace Leslie.

  • Katy

    Does anyone else think she looks like Hilary Duff in this picture?

    • chee

      I stared at it for a while….confused of course….yeah, she does look like Duff in the top pic.

  • Amy

    Why is Aaron promoting his project hes working on awhile addressing his sisters death? Pretty low dude

    • Bev

      I thought the exact same thing. Issuing a statement about your sister’s death and promoting yourself at the same time is such a low blow. What a colossal jerk.

      • RKV

        Ditto to!!! Didn’t Joe Jackson do the same sort of thing at a press conference right after Michael died?

  • Becca

    Are you seriously promoting your damn show while you issue a statement for the death of your sister!!!???? That is beyond pathetic. Only in Hollywood. So sad.

  • Brandy

    Aaron should be ashamed! He will prob do anything for fame.

  • chee

    Should have let Nick make the statement….smh.

  • Mickey

    Nick has made a statement before and he said that he is continuing his tour but doing it in memory of his sister. So don’t go jumping down Aarons throat for promoting his career! when Nick has done the same. Don’t go jumping down either of their throats! they’re going through a tough time right now! they just lost their sister STOP BEING SO JUDGEMENTAL!!! R.I.P Leslie, you will be missed!!

    • Bev

      Give me a break. I have never heard any other “celebrity” promote themselves while issuing a statement about a family member’s death. It’s disgusting, moronic, and totally self-serving.

      • Jennet

        Nick says he’s continuing his tour, Aaron says he plans to one day rejoin fantastiks.. Technically BOTH are promoting themselves. But I doubt it’s intentional.

    • chee

      *shrinks and leaps off the back of their tongues*

  • a

    Wow! Rest in peace leslie! Your missed by not only your family, but your fans as well!!!

  • tab

    very, very sad. i wish someone would have called 911 when they found her in the shower rather than just taking her to her bed. her life may have been saved.

  • Catherine Geller

    Asron and family You are in our hearts and prayers at this painful time May God guild you through this difficult time sending our love and support Catherine Gwen and Alana

  • Catherine Geller

    Aaron and family Our thoughts ,love and prayers are with you we are so sad by the loss of your beautiful sister leslie May God guide you though this painful time We love you Catherine Gwen and Alana

  • Bailey0404

    Live fast and die young.. I don’t feel sorry for her. She did it to herself. People want to keep defending the use of recreational drugs.. Well keep on doing it and if you end up dying, I won’t mourn your death..

    • Kamryn

      HOW COULD YOU EVEN SAY THAT? what the f**k is wrong with you? that is so disrespectful! Have you ever been in her position? She’s been suffering depression for a long time!! Go back and watch some “house of carters” clips. Besides she tried to get help! don’t blame her for her death and don’t go posting disrespectful comments anywhere IT’S RUDE!!

    • Junior Owens

      I challenge you to not have sex for the rest of your life. Can you do it? Nope? Thought so. Its an addiction just like certain medication.

  • Tom

    Those three Meds together could kill you quick. Olanzapine is for schizophrenia, and makes you very tired..its like a chemical lobotomy. You are a walking zombie. Alprazolam is for anxiety, xanax…it also makes u tired..and Cyclobensaprine is a muscle relaxer…she shouldnt have been on all three at once. Doctors just dont give a f^ck anymore…

  • OblongCircles

    Okay 2 quick points for those comments that are obviously from heartless , tabloid-addicted individuals with no sympathy/empathy for others. Remember, celebrities are people too, stop deifying them and you won’t be so happy to crucify them when they make a mistake or suffer…

    1. Nick has a professional career and is legally contracted to perform/deliver his contractual obligations or be sued for failure to do so. If you had a loved one die, would you just not show up for work for awhile without letting your employer know? I thought not. moving right along…

    2. Addiction is NOT a choice. A bad decision to use & abuse drugs (or alcohol) in the first place is a choice but, when you become addicted to a substance it should be treated as an illness. If you disagree, go volunteer at a local drug rehab clinic or hospital. Go to an AA or NA meeting to hear what real human beings have been through as a result of their addictions. open your eyes before you open you mouth (or type) with your judgements.

    • Depo shot

      Pooop your pants poopy butt girl. Dont dig up your but and sniff your finger k? Whooooo that wpuld smell like dukie butter upper!!!! Thank you for ur time poopy pants

  • Bridget

    nick and family i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister/ daughter my heart goes out to you guys she will be missed very very much. your family is in my prayers