Nick Carter Thanks Fans in the Wake of Sister Leslie Carter’s Death

By: Taryn Ryder / February 1, 2012

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News broke last night that Nick and Aaron Carter’s sister Leslie, 25, passed away unexpectedly in upstate New York on Tuesday, and now Nick is speaking out about the tragic news.

“Nick Carter is thankful to the many people and the fans who have shared their wishes and prayers during this tragic time,” Carter’s rep Jack Ketsoyan says in a statement to Celebuzz. “We want to let the fans know the tour will go on as promised.”

Adds Nick:

“Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform.”

“We ask the press to respect Nick’s privacy during his time of grief,” ends Nick’s rep.

Sources tell Celebuzz the family is “still in shock” and doesn’t yet know the cause of death. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carters during this difficult time.