Aaron Carter has broken his silence regarding his sister's sudden death. Just hours after his family confirmed that Leslie Carter passed away in upstate New York at the age of 25, the 24-year-old singer released a statement of his own, expressing his gratitude for the supports he's been receiving.
"Aaron Carter would like to thank all his fans, friends and especially his cast and crew at 'The Fantasticks' for their outpouring of love and support during this tragic time," Aaron's statement read. Personally, he said, "I am with my family spending much needed time together as we deal with this private matter."
The former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant, who's taking temporary leave from the off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" due to Leslie's passing, continued, "I look forward to returning to my Fantasticks' Family and performing the role of 'Matt' for all my amazing fans. Again, I request privacy for my family and no further statements will be made at this time. "
Aaron isn't the only one speaking out in the wake of Leslie's death. Older brother, Nick Carter, also thanked "the many people and the fans who have shared their wishes and prayers during this tragic time." The Backstreet Boys member added, "Performing is cathartic to me and I am dedicating the rest of my tour to my sister since she loved to watch me perform."
In related news, an autopsy has been performed on Leslie Wednesday, February 1 morning. Richard Mackowiak of the Chautauqua County Coroner's Office told E! News, "There were no visible signs of trauma. We are awaiting a toxicology report to determine a cause of death." He moreover shared that Leslie's body "has been released to the family."
Leslie, who starred in a reality show "House of Carters" in 2006, passed away on Tuesday, January 31. While her cause of death is still listed as "unknown", TMZ reported that the "Like Wow!" singer was battling a prescription medication addiction, and that family members believe she died as a result of an overdose.