The Carter family is mourning the loss of Bobbie Jean Carter, the sister of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and troubled pop star Aaron Carter, who died unexpectedly at age 41.
Angel Carter Pays Tribute to “Free Spirit” Sister
Bobbie Jean’s twin sister, Angel Carter, paid tribute to her on Instagram, calling her a “free spirit” and saying “life wasn’t fair to you.” She wrote:
“My funny, smart, beautiful sister…My heart is broken. Even though my sister and I had a complicated relationship, my love for her has never wavered. I have always held onto hope that she would somehow pull through and finally get the help she needed to heal. I will miss her humor, her wit, her fight and her strong spirit.”
Troubled Life Marred by Addiction and Arrests
According to reports, Bobbie Jean struggled with addiction issues for much of her adult life leading to multiple arrests over the years. In 2021, she was reportedly hospitalized after allegedly starting a fire in her parents’ Florida home during a paranoid episode linked to drug use.
Family members have been open about their own troubles with substance abuse in the past. Her brother Aaron spoke candidly about his addiction battles before his death last year at 34.
Cause of Death Still Unclear
The cause of Bobbie Jean’s death has not been officially confirmed. Angel said in her post that “Life wasn’t fair to you sis,” while also writing “You’re free now.”
Some reports indicate Bobbie Jean may have taken her own life, but this has not been substantiated. The Carter family has not provided further details at this time.
Second Family Tragedy in Two Years
Bobbie Jean’s sudden passing comes just over a year after the shocking death of her younger brother Aaron.
Aaron Carter was found dead in the bathtub of his California home in November 2022 at age 34. His death was ruled an accidental drowning with prescription drugs also being a factor.
Bobbie Jean Appeared on Family Reality Show
Bobbie Jean and her siblings shot to fame on their short-lived E! reality show “House of Carters” in 2006. The show followed the musical family, including Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys.
It depicted the dysfunctional relationships between Bobbie Jean, Aaron and their siblings as they tried living under one roof as adults. Bobbie Jean clashed frequently with her twin Angel on the show.
Nick Carter Mourning Second Sibling Death
In addition to the loss of his brother last year, Nick Carter is now grieving the death of his sister Bobbie Jean just over a year later.
Nick has not made a public statement yet on his sister’s passing. A source told PEOPLE that the Carter family is “shocked and saddened” over her death.
The Backstreet Boys singer has faced tragedy before when his sister Leslie died of a drug overdose in 2012 at age 25.
What’s Next for the Carter Family
The Carter family must grapple with the devastating loss of yet another loved one. Bobbie Jean’s death marks the third Carter sibling to die an untimely death after Aaron Carter, Leslie Carter and their father Robert Carter.
No information regarding memorial services has been shared publicly yet. Given the family’s many troubles, one can hope they find healing and that Bobbie Jean’s death inspires those still living to seek help.
The Carters experienced the highest highs of stardom along with painful lows. May Bobbie Jean finally rest in peace after her difficult life.
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