Sad new for Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter: His sister, Leslie Carter, passed away Wednesday. She was 25.
"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," the Carter family 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."
No cause of death was released, but Nick's BsB bandmates have vowed to pass on condolence messages to their youngest member.
"Our hearts our [sic] with @nickcarter. RIP Leslie Carter," the group tweeted Wednesday morning. "We will definitely send @nickcarter all your condolences and love. We have the best fans...thank you fam!"
Nick gave no indication that anything was happened with his family when he celebrated his 32nd birthday in Las Vegas over the weekend. The death is especially sad - the aspiring singer was married and gave birth to a daughter in 2011, according to People.
What we do know: He'll continue to tour.
"Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform," the singer said in a statement . His next show is scheduled for tomorrow night in New York City.
Nick Carter's Renewed Love of Life
Nick's life has been on the up-and-up in recent years. The singer has faced his fair share of challenges since joining the Backstreet Boys at the tender age of 13. He admitted in 2008 that drugs and alcohol played a huge part in his legal troubles, including a 2005 arrest for DUI.
His outlook on life changed after he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2008.
"I went out and just went nuts," he told People in 2009. "I drank so much and I did a bunch of blow. I felt like I was trying to kill myself - because I didn't want to get the results."
He blamed the drug and alcohol abuse on his low self-esteem, but he managed to replace those highs with another high: exercise. His renewed focus on working out improved his health and helped him drop a huge amount of weight.
We really hope Nick is able to grieve with his family, including fellow singer Aaron Carter. The family has had their share of problems over the years, but death tends to put things into perspective.
"Family is really important, especially because the music business can be really tough at times and there are a lot of egos that get in the way," he told CelebrityCafe.com in 2011.
It does seems like he's better equipped to handle emotional curve balls. A sibling's death is a huge blow to any family, but especially for a close-knit clan like the Carters.
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