Nick Carter's younger sister, Leslie Carter, was found dead at the age of 25, MTV News confirmed on Wednesday (February 1).
"Nick Carter is thankful to the many people and the fans who have shared their wishes and prayers during this tragic time," Nick's rep said in a statement. "We want to let the fans know the tour will go on as promised."
Nick also added his own note about his sister's passing, saying, "Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform."
"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," Nick's younger brother Aaron Carter said in a statement. "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." In the wake of the news, Backstreet Boy Carter, who is currently on a solo tour, has canceled his public appearances set for Wednesday; his next tour date is slated for Thursday in New York City.
As for Aaron, who is currently starring in the off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks," E! News reports that he will take a few days off to mourn. His understudy and friend, Matt Leisy, will cover the role until Aaron's return.
The Backstreet Boys shared their sadness over the news on Twitter, writing, "Our hearts [are] with @nickcarter. RIP Leslie Carter," later adding, "We will definitely send @nickcarter all your condolences and love. We have the best fans...thank you fam!"
According to an "Access Hollywood" report, Leslie died early on Tuesday in upstate New York, where she had been living. The cause of death was not released. She leaves behind her husband, Mike, and daughter, Alyssa Jane Ashton, born last April. While her career had always been on a lower profile than her famous siblings, who include the Backstreet Boy as well as singer Aaron Carter, she had attempted several times to jumpstart her own singing career.
She recorded a never-released debut album under the Dreamworks Records label back in 1999, at the height of BSB fandom. Two years later, her song "Like Wow!" appeared on the soundtrack for the first "Shrek" movie. After several stops and starts to her music career, she might best be remembered for appearing alongside her siblings on the E! reality show, "House of Carters" which aired on the network in 2006.
Send your condolences to Leslie Carter's family and friends on our Facebook page.