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Inside Leslie Carter's Emotional Funeral

UpdatePosted 02/06/2012 09:00PM

Inside Leslie Carter's Emotional Funeral

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."

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INSIDE STORY: What Led to Leslie Carter's Depression – and Death | Aaron Carter, Leslie Carter

Leslie Carter's Drive for Fame Fueled Her Depression, Source

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.

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Nick Carter Dedicates a Song to His Sister at New York Concert | Nick Carter

Nick Carter Dedicates a Song to His Sister Leslie at New York Concert

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.

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Leslie Carter Suffered Apparent Overdose: Report

UpdatePosted 02/02/2012 02:00PM

Leslie Carter Suffered Apparent Overdose: Report

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.

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Nick Carter Not Canceling Tour After His Sister's Death | Leslie Carter, Nick Carter

Nick Carter Not Canceling Tour After His Sister's Death

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.

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Nick and Aaron Carter's Sister Leslie Dies at 25

Nick and Aaron Carter's Sister Leslie Dies at 25

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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Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block Reveal New Year's Resolutions

Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block Reveal New Year's Resolutions

Originally posted 01/03/2011 09:55AM

The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block ended 2010 on a high note with a rollicking New Year's Eve mashup of their greatest hits in Times Square. But the guys still see room for improvement in 2011.

"I want to act more like an adult," New Kid Joey McIntyre, 38, who will welcome his third child in May, told PEOPLE about his New Year's resolutions.

"Being in a rock 'n' roll and pop world, it's very easy to act like a kid. So, my resolution is to really act like an adult. It's a personal inventory that I'm trying to take."

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Nick Carter: I Made Excuses Just to Party

Nick Carter: I Made Excuses Just to Party

Originally posted 02/19/2009 10:35AM

Speaking candidly about his 10-year struggle with substance abuse, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter says his road to recovery was rocky.

"I would make excuses to just go out to drink and party," he says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Thursday. "It was excessive ... Alcohol kind of kicked it off and then once the alcohol wasn't doing it for me I would lean on other things."

As for when things changed, "I had a lot of rude awakenings, warning signs, DUIs," Carter, 29, tells DeGeneres. "I realized that it was wrong, [but] I decided to go and sort of punish myself. I went to the classes, did everything I was required to do. Then I'd . . . get back into it. Sort of fool myself in a way."

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Nick Carter: Alcohol & Drugs Almost Killed Me | Nick Carter

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Nick Carter: Alcohol & Drugs Almost Killed Me

Originally posted 02/05/2009 02:40PM

After 10 years of struggling with alcohol and drugs, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter knew he had a problem. But nothing could make him stop for more than a few months at a time – not a DUI, a bar brawl, or even his ballooning weight, which reached 224 lbs.

After experiencing mild chest discomfort and fatigue on while on tour with his band in Europe last spring, Carter scheduled a series of tests with a Florida cardiologist.

But the night before his results were due back, Carter, 29, fell into a familiar routine: "I went out and just went nuts," Carter tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "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."

See an exclusive PEOPLE video of Carter opening up about his struggles

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Celebrates His 29th Birthday

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Celebrates His 29th Birthday

Originally posted 01/27/2009 03:35PM

Tiers of tasty cupcakes. Check. Rock star blow out. Yep. All of your closest pals. Of course! Nick Carter got exactly what he wished for at his 29th birthday bash. After all, he is Mr. I-Want-It-That-Way.

Donning an AC/DC vintage t-shirt on his newly svelte body, Carter celebrated downstairs at the Key Club in Hollywood Monday night. Backstreet buds Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean – taking a break from recording their upcoming album – even came by for a mini reunion to surprise their friend.

"They shut off all the lights and did a surprise for Nick downstairs early in the night," says an onlooker. "They all yelled surprise and they had cupcakes for him."

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