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'House of Carters' Star

Rx Drugs Suspected in Death

2/1/2012 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leslie Carter and the Carter family
Leslie Carter
was battling an addiction to prescription medication in the days before her death ... and family members believe she died as a result of an overdose.

Sources close to the "House of Carters" reality star tell TMZ ... the 25-year-old sister of Nick Carter had recently moved from Canada to Upstate New York to live with family members while she attempted to kick her addiction.

We're told family members had attempted to rid the home of any prescription medication -- including Xanax --  and were hopeful Leslie was on the road to recovery.

Sources say family members believed Leslie would be OK to stay alone in the home for roughly an hour yesterday while they ran errands ... but when they returned, Leslie was unconscious.

Officials were called to the scene ... but Leslie could not be saved.

We're told Leslie's 1-year-old daughter was not at home with Carter at the time of her death.

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46.

Jesse    

Very sad. I remember her one song from Shrek. Even though I find it completely disrespectful of TMZ to post assumptions, they're probably right. I mean have you seen Aaron recently?

943 days ago
47.

Charmaine Dolman    

i was close to Leslie Carter befor she died she had no desire to move back to the USA she loved living in Canada she was coming back to TORONTO where she lived she had plans to have tea and a playdate with her friends in Toronto she will be missed

943 days ago
48.

AlwaysValid    

I wonder if she died from benzo withdrawal. Too often addicts attempt to quit drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, Alprazolam, and alcohol without consulting a doctor. Unaware of the the life-threatening DTs and seizures that come with the detox from these substances. As a person who became dependent on pain meds(legally and due to prescribed treatment) I became painfully aware of the physical hardships of addiction. Though I was never defined as an addict, because I never abused the pills...I still had to deal with the withdrawal when I came off the long term pain treatment, and it was really tough. Fortunately, you cannot die from going cold turkey from opiates. But Xanax, alcohol and the like...those you really don't want to mess around with, starting or quitting. Very dangerous.

943 days ago
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bewildered    

They thought she was on the road to recovery yet they left for 1 hour and she OD'd? They thought they had rid their house of all the prescription drugs?? Did they live in a pharmacy or were they all a bunch of junkies? She obviously was not healthy and needed to be in a rehab facility. So sad.

943 days ago
50.

brad    

Just like that old Queen song goes ... "Another One Bites The Dust".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeMrttj8Ucg

Yet ANOTHER person who was (somewhat) famous in show business gets addicted to either street drugs or prescription drugs, overdoses and dies. Show business people sure are big believers in using chemicals to make themselves feel better aren't they?

Oh well, that's America's "quick fix society". For whatever little physical or emotional "boo boo" you might have you just go to "Mr. All Knowing Godlike Doctor" to give you a pill ... even though those same pills that might make you feel better in the short run end up destroying your career, family life and might even KILL YOU like Leslie Carter and hundreds if not thousands of other people in the showbiz world.

The cutthroat entertainment business sure does turn otherwise normal, well adjusted people into pill popping, dope smoking fiends pretty quick doesn't it? I guess showbiz people just GOTTA have chemicals to deal with it. Maybe they should try EXERCISE, HEALTHY DIETS, AND LOTS OF POSITIVE, HEALTHY HOBBIES to deal with the stress and the madness instead of the freakin chemicals ... from your "doctor drug dealer" or your local "street drug dealer".

Both of them want to keep you hooked. Why? So you keep coming back to them for MORE, MORE, MORE of course. Mo money for doc. Mo money for gang banga drug deala.

943 days ago
51.

jsantiagoMA    

so sad....I feel for her whole family and especially her sweet baby! RIP and may the Carter family find some peace...

943 days ago
52.

Redskin_Chick    

So sad, may she RIP. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

943 days ago
53.

teenie    

Why is it that when celebrities die of a suspected overdose they are always alone and they are found dead some time later? That's kind of weird that Leslie couldn't be left alone for a long period of time. She must have been very addicted to drugs and that's really sad. That doesn't set a good example for her daughter when she's older and finds out how her mother died. My condolences to her family and may she rest in peace.

943 days ago
54.

davidw246    

why cant the kardashians do something like this?
Oh snap, maybe they will after they see all the PR Nick and Aaron will get! : )

943 days ago
55.

Jody    

If she was that desperate for drugs that she took enough to kill her in a one hour time period, nothing was going to save her. Obviously she had enough stored away to kill her in an hour.

It's her child that I feel sorry for.

943 days ago
56.

patty    

t's so sad, but bewildered is right, the family was way over their head, they should have put her in rehab facility, there are so many dangers they didn't know about including the withdrawls, i also wonder if they checked all the hiding places for pills

943 days ago
57.

Miss Lily Skye    

This does not make sense to me. If they only left her alone for an HOUR, then she would have had to leave the house, get the drugs, come back, do the drugs, wait for them to kick in, and have them kick all the way in to overdose, all in under an hour. No, more than likely she didn't actually do any drugs and died from the withdraws of quitting the drugs. This poor woman obviously did want to quit for herself and her daughter, but didn't know that you never quit those drugs cold turkey and by yourself. She really should have got real help from a doctor, not just her family (although that is important too) R.I.P. Leslie, my thoughts and prayers and with the family

943 days ago
58.

WellSinceYouDidntAsk    

Death by quack prescription is the 3rd leading cause after heart disease and cancer. Because Docs are taught in med school to treat symptoms of disease with drugs and not diagnose the root cause in lack of nutrition and exercise. Ever notice the symbol for standard medicine is a snake?

943 days ago
59.

INSIDER H8TURD, V.P.    

Linds wants to know where the leftover drugs are.

943 days ago
60.

farley    

Cold Turkey off of Xanax can cause fatal withdrawls.(Seizures)

I hope they didn't kill their daughter/sister in their attempt to save her.

943 days ago
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