Nick Carter: My Family Prevented Me From Going To Leslie’s Funeral

Nick Carter has finally broken his silence about his absence from his sister Leslie‘s funeral this weekend.

“I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic,” Nick said in a statement.

Nick, who dedicated a song to Leslie during an NYC performance last week, performed in Atlantic City and hosted an after party there over the weekend.

Still, Nick said, “I love my family. I want to thank everyone for all of their compassion and support that I have received during this most difficult time,” he added. “There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive and focused.”

 

NEW VIDEO: Nick Carter Pays Tribute To Sister Leslie During NYC Concert

Check out this video of Nick Carter performing “Falling Down” in NYC Thursday night, two days his sister Leslie Carter died of an apparent drug overdose.

“I’ve never done this before, and I never thought I’d ever have to, but I’d like to dedicate this song to my sister,” Carter told the crowd.

NEW PHOTO: Nick Carter Performs In NYC…Makes Emotional Tribute To Sister

Nick Carter made his first public appearance Thursday since the death of his sister earlier this week.

The 32-year-old singer performed at NYC’s Irving Plaza, just two days after Leslie died.

During the  “Falling Down,” he told the audience, “I never thought I’d have to, but I’d like to dedicate this song to my sister.” He then appeared to be holding back tears during the emotional performance.

 

JUST IN: Aaron Carter’s Sister Leslie Had Post-Partum Depression

There’s a new twist in the death of Aaron Carter‘s late sister Leslie: She was battling post-partum depression, according to a new report.

“Leslie was depressed,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com of the aspiring singer who has a 10-month old son. “She was battling a major addiction and yes, it was a surprise when she suddenly died. But before anyone even said what caused it, everyone thought the same thing. She battled a prescription drug addiction for a while.  Some think that she was even battling from postpartum depression, too.”

As for Leslie’s mental state, the source adds, “Everyone in that family is trying to make it in Hollywood and it caused jealousy and pitted some of them against each other. When Leslie got married, several members of her family didn’t even attend. Close friends definitely find it strange that Nick isn’t taking time off to go be with his family and he’s instead performing in NYC — even though he did dedicate his tour to her. Many think the way the family is handling it is very bizarre.”

JUST IN: Leslie Carter Autopsy ‘Inconclusive’….Family Suspects Overdose

An autopsy on Nick Carter‘s sister Leslie was inconclusive, but her family suspects a drug overdose is the culprit.

“There were no visible signs of trauma,” coroner Richard Mackowiak said. “We are awaiting a toxicology report to determine a cause of death … Results of the toxicology test are made public at the discretion of the family.”

But sources tell TMZ Leslie struggled with prescription medication addiction, and they suspect that she may have died of an overdose. Leslie recently moved from Toronto to nearby upstate New York so she can be closer to family and beat her addiction.

Leslie, who died Tuesday at 25, leaves behind her husband Mike and her daughter Alyssa Jane, who was born in April 2011.

JUST IN: Aaron Carter Speaks About Sister’s Death

Aaron Carter has broken his silence about the death of his sister Leslie.

“I am with my family spending much-needed time together as we deal with this private matter,” Aaron said in a statement. He will also not be performing for the time being in his off-Broadway show.

“I look forward to returning to my Fantasticks Family and performing the role of ‘Matt’  for all my amazing fans,” he said. “I request privacy for my family and no further statements will be made at this time.”

Nick Carter, Aaron Carter Receive Celebrity Condolences From Lohans, Lance Bass, Jordan Knight & More

A slew of celebrities have come out to offer their condolences to Nick and Aaron Carter, following the mysterious death Tuesday of their sister Leslie, 25:

Lance Bass: “Thoughts and prayers for my boys @aaroncarter and @nickcarter.”

Jonathan Knight: “Thinking of Nick Carter and the entire Carter family.”

Dina Lohan: “The Lohan family sends there love to the Carter family xo”

Russell Simmons: “Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Carter family.”

Naughty by Nature “Condolences to our homies Nick Carter & Aaron Carter on the loss of their sister. R.I.P. Leslie Carter.”

Backstreet Boys: “Our hearts are with @nickcarter…RIP Leslie Carter…We will definitely send @nickcarter all your condolences and love.”