Nick Carter is taking time off from his tour to mourn his late sister.
The Backstreet Boys singer – whose 25-year-old sibling Leslie died after a suspected overdose of prescription drugs two weeks ago – has cancelled all remaining commitments, despite previously vowing to complete the solo tour.
It is believed after his performance in Columbus, Ohio, tonight (13.02.12), the 31-year-old star will scrap all public appearances for the next two weeks to grieve for Leslie, TMZ reports.
Nick was noticeably absent at his sister’s funeral in New York last week, and he admitted he had made the decision to stay away due to the ‘complicated dynamic’ of his family.
He said at the time: ‘I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic.
‘There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive and focused.’
Meanwhile, Nick’s younger brother, ‘Crush On You’ hitmaker Aaron Carter, recently took to twitter to express his shock at the loss of his sister.
He wrote: ‘I Love you Leslie soo very very very very very much!! virtually no words. You will always be my best friend.
‘My heart is completely broken. (sic)’
According to a police report, Leslie – who left behind a 10-month-old daughter Allysa Jane and husband, Mike Ashton – endured a long battle with mental illness and depression before overdosing on prescription drugs.
‘I’d like to dedicate this song to my sister’: Nick Carter takes to the stage and pays tribute to tragic Leslie
In what must have been the most poignant performance of his life, Nick Carter took to the stage in New York last night to pay tribute to his tragic sister.
The former Backstreet Boys singer dedicated a moving ballad to the 25-year-old, who died earlier this week of a suspected drug overdose.
Nick, 32, was upbeat at the start of his gig, but then became wistful as he introduced Falling Down.
He said: ‘I’ve never done this before and I never thought I’d ever have to, but I’d like to dedicate this song to my sister,’ People.com reports.
Nick then did a rendition of the Backstreet Boys song I Want It That Way, telling the crowd: ‘Let’s celebrate her life.’
The singer was performing at New York City’s Irving plaza.
Members of the crowd held up pink paper hearts which they had made specially in honour of Leslie – which Nick acknowledged during his show.
A friend of Carter’s told People.com he was surprised the singer had carried on with the show following Leslie’s death on Monday.
He told the website:’He said he didn’t want to talk to anyone before the show, but to make sure I come backstage after. He hasn’t talked to me about it yet but he seems fine.’
According to a police report, Leslie Carter endured a long battle with mental illness and depression before overdosing.
She died in New York leaving behind a 10-month-old daughter Allysa Jane and husband, Mike Ashton.
There were three drugs found near Carter, according to an incident report obtained by ABC News – Olanzapine, used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant; and Alprazolam, used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, also known as Xanax.
Nick Carter has dedicated the group’s forth-coming tour to his late sister.
The singer – who is due to go on the road with the boy band later this spring – made the gesture following the sudden death of his sister Les-lie Carter, aged 25, in New York on Tuesday.
Nick said: “Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform.”
His publicist Jack Ketsoyan said: “Nick is thankful to the many people and the fans who have shared their wishes and prayers during this tragic time. We want to let the fans know the tour will go on as promised.”
Nick’s brother Aaron – who is now set to take leave from starring in off-Broadway production The Fanta-sticks – also paid tribute to his sister by posting a message on her Face-book page.
He wrote: “RIP MY DEAREST SISTER….! I LOVE U AND YOU THE ONE THAT ALWAYS ROCKS. LOVE AARON UR LIL BRO U CALL LL AC. (sic)”
An autopsy has been performed, and the medical examiner found “no visible signs of trauma”.
As well as Nick and Aaron, Leslie also had a musical career. Her single “Like Wow!” featured on the soundtrack to 2001 animated movie ‘Shrek’ and she signed a record deal with Dreamworks in 1999, but a planned album was never released.
She leaves behind her husband Mike Ashton – who she married in 2008 – and their 10-month-old daughter Alyssa Jane Ashton.
Nick and Aaron Carter, along with their family, are currently mourning the loss of their sister, Leslie Carter, as she has passed away at 25 years old.
The family announced that she recently passed, and they would like time and privacy to deal with this personal tragedy, states
“Our family is grieving right now and it’s a private matter. We are deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter, Leslie Carter,” the statement said.
Leslie was married and had one child with her husband.
It is unknown at this time what the cause of death was.
NEW Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have teamed up for what is likely to be one of the biggest tours to hit the UK this year.
Their spectacular show comes to the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on Monday, April 23.
“Our fans want us overseas, so that is what we will do,” said Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids.
“We have such dedicated fans, and they continue to come out for us time and time again. Our international fans have been flying to see us stateside for years, so now we are coming to them.”
Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys said: “Europe is like a second home for Backstreet so we are all excited to finally be bringing this show to all our fans there.”
The two bands first delighted fans when they took the stage together for a medley at a sold- out Radio City Music Hall show.
Tickets are £50, £45 and £40, subject to a booking/handling fee. To book, visit www.echoarena.com or call the Echo Arena box office on 0844 8000 400.