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The death of Nick and Aaron Carter's 25-year-old sister, aspiring singer Leslie Carter, was caused by an apparent drug overdose, according to a newly released police report. Authorities report that Leslie, who died Tuesday in upstate New York, was surrounded by medication to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety, as well as a muscle relaxant.
According to Leslie's stepmother, Ginger Carter, Leslie suffered from "a long history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression." Ginger told police that Leslie, the mother of a 10-month-old daughter, had seemed sick and depressed on the morning of her death. When Leslie fell down during a shower, Ginger helped her up and escorted her to bed. Later that afternoon, Ginger discovered that Leslie wasn't breathing and called 911. Leslie's father, Robert Carter, attempted CPR. Paramedics soon arrived and transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The police report notes that Ginger appeared to be under the influence of drugs during her interview, and admitted to taking 5-6 pills for depression that day.
On Wednesday, former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter announced that he would continue to tour while grieving for his sister's death.
"Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform," said Nick, 32, in a statement.
The official cause of Leslie's death will be determined by toxicology tests, which are still pending.