Leslie Carter was battling an addiction to prescription medication in the days before her death … and family members believe she died as a result of an overdose.
Sources close to the “House of Carters” reality star tell TMZ … the 25-year-old sister of Nick Carter had recently moved from Canada to Upstate New York to live with family members while she attempted to kick her addiction.
We’re told family members had attempted to rid the home of any prescription medication — including Xanax — and were hopeful Leslie was on the road to recovery.
Sources say family members believed Leslie would be OK to stay alone in the home for roughly an hour yesterday while they ran errands … but when they returned, Leslie was unconscious.
Officials were called to the scene … but Leslie could not be saved.
We’re told Leslie’s 1-year-old daughter was not at home with Carter at the time of her death.
So it gets worse, then, huh? Yesterday when I said that maybe Leslie was the most normal of all of the Carters (and by “normal,” I mean “no addictions” and “maybe has their shit together”), it might appear that I was wrong in making that assumption, and that is sad, man. Is this prescription-medication-addiction thing even larger and more out of hand than anyone really knows?
Yesterday, it was reported that Nick would be cancelling his “tour,” however, a rep for Carter confirmed last night that the information was wrong, and Nick would not be going on hiatus, as the performances would all be dedicated to the memory of his sister:
“Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform.”
So, OK. According to Nick, the show must go on. Because his sister would have wanted it. Does that make Nick Carter stronger than I give him credit for? Because I know if my sibling passed away, the last thing I’d be thinking about – at least for awhile, anyway – would be work. Even if my brother loved my work and it brought him such joy, that work would be there one way or the other after the storm passed. I’m not judging Nick by returning to work so quickly, and I’m not saying that I don’t believe him, either. I’m simply saying that people deal with death (especially the death of close family) in different ways, and while it’s not exactly something that I would do twelve hours after my brother died, it might just be the thing to help Nick keep going.
This thing just gets worse and worse – especially when I think about the little baby girl of Leslie’s that’s been left behind. Such a shame.