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Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.
The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.
Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.
"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."
Originally posted 02/06/2012 08:00PM
Four days after her death, a funeral service was held for singer Leslie Carter Ashton near her father's home in Mayville, N.Y.
More than 60 mourners gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Freay Funeral Home for a private service that paid tribute to Ashton, 25.
The aspiring singer and sister of pop stars Nick and Aaron Carter suffered an apparent of prescription medication on Tuesday, according to a police report.
"It was a celebration of who she was and how much she was loved by everyone," one guest tells PEOPLE. "There was a lot of crying but there was laughter too – there was joy in the stories people told."
Originally posted 02/03/2012 02:15PM
Life did not deliver what Leslie Carter Ashton had hoped for.
"She thought she would become the next famous Carter sibling," says a source who once managed one of her famous brothers.
In Leslie's case, although signed to DreamWorks Records (which released her single from the Shrek 3 soundtrack), pop stardom eluded the 25-year-old, who died Tuesday after an apparent overdose.
Instead of Leslie, after older brother Nick Carter hit it big as a member of the Backstreet Boys, another Carter sibling became famous – younger brother Aaron.
Originally posted 02/03/2012 10:30AM
In Nick Carter's first live performance since sister Leslie died earlier this week, the singer hit the stage at New York City's Irving Plaza Thursday night with a high-energy show. He also took a moment to dedicate a ballad to his sibling.
Members of the mostly-female audience held up pink paper hearts in honor of Leslie, a gesture Carter acknowledged during the show.
Laura Codd, the fan who made the hearts, said they were also meant to thank Carter for not canceling the show.
"I made 100 of them and passed them out to the crowd ... to show we love him and support him and we appreciate him still coming out and performing tonight," said Codd, 26.
Originally posted 02/02/2012 01:05PM
Leslie Carter, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and had been taking medication for depression, according to a police report released Thursday.
Leslie, who was an aspiring singer, died on Tuesday in upstate New York. An official cause of death is pending toxicology tests.
Her stepmother, Ginger Carter, told authorities that Leslie had "a long history of mental illness" and seemed depressed the morning before she died, according to an incident report from the Chautauqua County sheriff.
Originally posted 02/01/2012 02:30PM
After news broke of his sister's death Wednesday, Nick Carter said he is not planning to cancel his scheduled tour dates, but will instead dedicate the performances to his sister, Leslie.
"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 released via his publicist, Jack Ketsoyan, on Wednesday.
Leslie Carter was 25. She passed away in upstate New York, though no other details were immediately known.
Originally posted 02/01/2012 10:10AM
Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, has died at 25.
The aspiring singer passed away in upstate New York, Access Hollywood reports. No other details were immediately available.
"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."
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