Leslie Carter, sis of Nick and Aaron, may have OD'd, report says
Leslie Carter, the sister of singers Nick and Aaron, likely overdosed on prescription drugs, according to a police report released Thursday.
The one-time "House of Carters" reality TV star, whose married name was Leslie Ashton, was found Tuesday at her father's home and later declared dead at Westfield Memorial Hospital in New York, the Buffalo News reported.
Estranged from Mike Ashton, her husband of three years, Carter had recently moved in with family in an attempt to kick an addiction to prescription drugs, sources told TMZ.
Though an official cause of death won't be decided until toxicology results come through in four to six weeks, authorities found bottles of a muscle relaxant (cyclobenzaprine/Flexeril) and drugs to treat anxiety (alprazolam/Xanax) and bipolar disorder (olanzapine/Zyprexa) near Carter's unresponsive body, according to a police report obtained by E! News.
Stepmother Ginger Carter, who found Leslie and called 911, told authorities that the 25-year-old had fallen in the shower earlier in the day and had been sleeping while Ginger was caring for her 10-month-old daughter. Leslie "seemed OK in the morning but at times seemed depressed just by the way she was talking," Ginger Carter said in the report.
Nick Carter is a member of the Backstreet Boys; "House of Carters," which ran for one season on E!, followed Nick and his four siblings as they planned for the future and he tried to restart his career. Aaron Carter is taking a few days off from an off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" to deal with the death.
A funeral for Leslie Carter is being planned for next week, the Chautauqua County coroner told ABC News.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Leslie Carter in 2006. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images