Leslie Carter, sister of Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and pop star Aaron Carter, recently died at age 25 in upstate New York.
"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," the family said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, February 1. "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."
The website of the television show "Access Hollywood" reported that Leslie Carter, who is also a singer, died on Tuesday. No further details, such as the cause of death, have been released.
Leslie Carter is survived by husband Mike Ashton, who she married in 2008, and their daughter Alyssa Jane Ashton. The child was born in early April 2011. Aaron Carter had at the time offered his congratulations on Twitter.
In 2006, Leslie Carter appeared in the E! Entertainment Television reality series, "House of Carters" with her brother Nick, who turned 32 on January 28; her brother Aaron and his twin sister Angel, 24, and her sister Bobbie Jean, 30. The show aired for one season.
In 2001, the rising starlet put out her first and only single, "Like Wow!," which was not a commercial success but did appear on the soundtrack of "Shrek" soundtrack and in the film's end credits.
Nick Carter performed with the Backstreet Boys during its 2011 tour with New Kids on the Block. The Backstreet Boys pop group, which plans to perform in the United Kingdom and Ireland in April, said in a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday: "Our hearts [are] with @nickcarter. RIP Leslie Carter. We will definitely send @nickcarter all your condolences and love."
Nick Carter will continue to tour with the Backstreet Boys, according to a message posted on his Facebook page.
"Performing is cathartic to me," he was quoted as saying. "I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform."