Backstreet Boys Cancel Appearance Because Of Death In The Family

The Backstreet Boys pulled out of a scheduled headlining slot at a radio sponsored show in Shakopee, Minnesota, on Sunday after hearing that band member Howie Dorough's sister had died of complications from lupus.

At first, the band planned to forge on and play the gig as a quartet, as Dorough immediately left to be with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to The Associated Press.

The Boys finally abandoned the concert and the 19,000 fans gathered at the "Last Chance Summer Dance" when the band -- who was already one-person short for the gig -- realized that one of the singers would not be able to catch a flight in from Tampa, Florida, in time for the show.

The Backstreet Boys released a statement apologizing for the cancellation, and vowed to reschedule the appearance in the near future.