Police: Leslie Carter Likely Died of Drug Overdose
By Bryan Lynn
A police report states that Nick and Aaron Carter's 25-year-old sister Leslie died of an apparent overdose and was taking medication to treat depression.
The report obtained by ET states that among the prescription medications found near Leslie were Olanzapine, which is used to treat schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, the muscle relaxant Cyclobenzaprine and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
Leslie's half-sister Ginger Carter and her father Robert Carter told the
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in western New York that the
aspiring singer had "a long history of mental illness" and had suffered
from depression before she died.
Officials at the Coroner's Office have said the official cause of death remains unknown until results of toxicology tests are completed, which could take up to four weeks.
According to the police report, Leslie fell down on Tuesday while taking a shower and Ginger helped her lie down. She appeared to be sleeping for awhile, but by the afternoon it was discovered that she had stopped breathing, so her father performed CPR and called 911. Leslie was brought by ambulance to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead on Tuesday afternoon.
Police also noted in the report that while interviewing Ginger about the incident, officers observed that she also "appeared to be under the influence of an unknown drug." The interviewing officer described Ginger as appearing very sleepy and having "slurred speech, pin point pupils, glassy eyes" and noted it was feared that she may have been "overdosing on her medication." In explaining her symptoms, Ginger told police she had taken an extra Xanax to cope with anxiety in the wake of Leslie's passing.