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The Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter says he wanted to attend his sister Leslie Carter's funeral in Upstate New York this weekend, but his own family made it impossible.

Say what now?

As the 25-year-old Leslie was laid to rest at a small ceremony after a suspected drug overdose claimed her life last week, several family members were on hand.

Just not Nick.

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Nick Carter said that, “I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic." He would not explain the circumstances.

Sources close to the singer, however, say feels family members went out of their way to make sure he was not included. Brother Aaron Carter was present.

"There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister," Nick said, again not elaborating. "I am trying to stay healthy, positive, and focused.”

Leslie's stepmother, Ginger, said reports of Nick being excluded by the family are not true, but quickly hung up the phone before explaining any further.


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The late Leslie Carter (married name Leslie Carter Ashton) died earlier this week.

While Leslie Carter's cause of death was an apparent overdose of prescription drugs, the 25-year-old's trouble with depression was a long time in the making.

It stemmed in large part from the fact that "She thought she would become the next famous Carter sibling," says a source who once managed her brothers.

In Leslie's case, although signed to DreamWorks Records, stardom eluded her.

Backstreet Boys singer Nick, of course, became very successful, as did younger brother Aaron. Leslie (below, right) felt great pressure to follow in their footsteps.

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"She was always extremely happy for her brothers, don't get me wrong," says the source, in an interview with People magazine. "But it was tough for her."

According to sources close to the family, Leslie remained supportive of her brothers. At various family events, she would happily appear alongside them.

When all five siblings signed on for the E! show House of Carters, Leslie was an enthusiastic participant. "She really loved the attention," says the source.

But according to a police report, Leslie's stepmother, Ginger, stated that Leslie "had a history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression."

Life in the Carter family was nearly always chaotic.

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New details have emerged in the "mysterious" death of Leslie Carter, and it appears the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter died as a result of an overdose.

Three prescription drugs found near her body, according to the police report.

The report was taken by officials who responded to the 911 call. The three prescription bottles found were Olanzapine, used to treat schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder, the muscle relaxant Cyclobenzaprine, and the anxiety medication Xanax.

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Official autopsy results have yet to be released pending toxicology tests, but a source tells E! News that family members believe Leslie overdosed on pills.

Per the police report, Leslie's stepmother Ginger found Leslie Carter's unresponsive body around 4:10 p.m. on January 31 and immediately dialed 911.

Leslie and her daughter (she was estranged from her on-again, off-again husband) were living with her father, Robert, in Buffalo and, a source says.

There, she had been trying to wean herself off her medication.

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Leslie Carter was battling addiction to prescription drugs in the days before her death, and family members believe she died as a result of an overdose.

According to TMZ, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter recently moved from Canada to Upstate New York to live with family members.

Leslie Carter had been attempted to kick her addiction, they say.

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The family had attempted to rid the home of any prescription medication, including Xanax, and were hopeful that Leslie was on the road to recovery.

Close sources say that family members believed Leslie would be OK to stay alone in the home for roughly an hour yesterday while they ran errands.

When they returned, TMZ reports, Leslie was unconscious and couldn't be saved. Her cause of death is unknown, but toxicology results are pending.

Her one-year-old daughter was not home at the time of her death.

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The death of Leslie Carter remains unknown, pending a medical examiner's findings, as brothers Nick and Aaron Carter mourn this surprising and tragic loss.

The Erie County (N.Y.) Medical Examiner's Office is investigating, but, so far there has been no word on the cause of her passing. Leslie Carter was just 25.

Sadly, the family itself is for now as in the dark as their well-wishers, with a source close to the Carters calling the death as "mysterious" as it was abrupt.

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Leslie Carter (right, 1986-2012) with her family.

Aaron Carter, currently starring in the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, will be temporarily leaving his performing duties to his understudy.

"Aaron is taking a few days off from the show" due to these tragic circumstances, John Capo, the spokesperson for the production, said Wednesday.

"His Fantasticks family loves him and offers him support and prayers during this difficult time," Capo said. "Aaron's understudy and friend, Matt Leisy, will be covering Aaron's role until his return. We thank everyone for the outpouring of concern."

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Leslie Carter, the younger sister of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and singer Aaron Carter, died Tuesday in upstate New York at the age of 25.

No details were provided on her cause of death.

"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," a family spokesperson said. "We are all deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time."

An aspiring singer herself, Leslie had a song "Like Wow!" that was featured on the Shrek soundtrack in 2001, and she appeared on House of Carters.

Her 1999 debut album was never released.

She is survived by four siblings, husband of three years Mike, and a daughter, Alyssa Jane, 10 months. Our hearts go out to all of them. R.I.P. Leslie.

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