The Carter family has lost another sibling: Aaron Carter, a former child star, died on 5th November 2022. He was found unresponsive in the bathtub by the house sitter and declared dead at the scene by first responders. Aaron died months after he dedicated a tattoo to his sister Leslie Carter, who died in 2012. Aaron captioned the post:

“She was an amazing mother and was nothing more than someone I admired. I always wanted to make her proud. Leslie, I know you are in paradise. I do feel you inside. The things you taught me and your favorite color being blue you were a Gemini and you were fearless.”

Leslie passed away due to an overdose of prescription medication

Leslie Carter died in late January 2012 in her dad’s residence, where she was staying while taking care of her 10-month-old daughter. 

Carter’s stepmother, Ginger, said Leslie seemed depressed that morning and that she fell in the shower. Ginger said she helped Leslie lie down and periodically checked on her. 

In the afternoon, she discovered Leslie wasn’t breathing and alerted Robert, Leslie’s father, who performed CPR. Carter died from an overdose of prescription medication: Leslie was taking Xanax, a treatment for anxiety disorders, Olanzapine, used to manage schizophrenia symptoms, and Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant. 

Ginger confirmed that Leslie was on medication for depression. A source speaking to People said Leslie’s depression stemmed from her disappointing career. 

“She thought she would become the next famous Carter sibling,” the source said. “She was always happy for her brothers, don’t get me wrong. But it was tough for her.”

Leslie was allegedly weaning herself off the drugs and planned to get treatment. Aaron told Oprah Winfrey that he’d offered to pay for her rehab:

“I wasn’t really making that much money. Fortunately, I had just hit my bonus. I got $10,000 the week before Leslie died, and I actually had reached out to her two weeks before that and said, ‘I’m going to get you the money to go to rehab.’ She wanted it.”

Nick Carter said he didn’t attend Leslie’s funeral because the family blamed him for her death

Nick Carter, the most famous Carter sibling, told Dr. Phil McGraw that he didn’t attend Leslie’s private funeral. Carter appeared on Dr. Phil to promote his book, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It

Carter described his relationship with his siblings as toxic. Nick talked about the call he received from his father saying Leslie had passed:

“Immediately the conversation turned into not about her death and not about the actual passing and what had occurred, [but] more about themselves. … And then I started to get blamed by the rest of the family.”

The Carter family believed if Nick ‘had been there’ for Leslie, she might not have died. “I felt [that] was unfair, especially with all the things I have done,” Nick said. Carter admitted that he felt partly responsible for Leslie’s death:

“There’s definitely a part of me that did blame myself. I think that’s because of the responsibility that I sort of took on as the oldest member in my family — (and) probably should not have been taken on.”