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Bobbie Jean Carter’s cause of death revealed: Nick Carter’s sister died from fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose aged 41

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Bobbie Jean Carter died from a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose aged just 41 in December 2023.

First responders had found Bobbie Jean unresponsive in the bathroom of her Tampa, Florida home on the morning of December 23 and rushed her to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead.

Bobbie Jean – who was a mother of one daughter – was on probation for cocaine possession when she died according to law enforcement –  but her roommates had told them that she had not used any narcotics since her prison release.

Bobbie Jean’s official cause of death is intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl and methamphetamine according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner in Florida, per TMZ.

Her death has been ruled accidental.

Bobbie Jean Carter died from a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose aged just 41 in December 2023

Bobbie Jean Carter died from a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose aged just 41 in December 2023 

Bobbie Jean, like her brother Aaron and sister Leslie struggled with substance abuse.  Leslie died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 2012. Leslie, (center) died of an drug overdose in 2012 at 25. Aaron passed away from an accidental drowning to his drug use in November 2022 (Pictured in 2006)

Bobbie Jean, like her brother Aaron and sister Leslie struggled with substance abuse.  Leslie died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 2012. Leslie, (center) died of an drug overdose in 2012 at 25. Aaron passed away from an accidental drowning to his drug use in November 2022 (Pictured in 2006)

The Medical Examiner’s report states Bobbie’s roommate last had contact with her at 6:30 AM on December 23 but around 7 AM, the roommate found Bobbie  unresponsive on the bathroom floor and called 911.

First responders tried life-saving measures on Bobbie before she was transported to a Tampa hospital, where, at 8:02 AM, she was pronounced dead.

It takes just a small dose of fentanyl to cause an overdose. Just two milligrams – the equivalent of five grains of salt – is enough to cause death. 

Fentanyl was originally developed in Belgium in the 1950s to aid cancer patients with their pain management.  Given its extreme potency it has become popular amongst recreational drug users. 

Overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl jumped from nearly 10,000 in 2015 to nearly 20,000 in 2016 – surpassing common opioid painkillers and heroin for the first time. 

The ultra-strong opioid being cut with virtually every street drug in the country killed a record 75,000 Americans in 2021, the equivalent of 1,500 lives lost every week. 

Because it is cut into other popular drugs, many people who die of overdoses do not know they are taking fentanyl. Fentanyl has been partially blamed for America’s sharp fall in life-expectancy over the past three years.

Bobbie Jean — or BJ, as she was known to her family — is the third Carter sibling to meet an early death. Aaron Carter passed away on November 5, 2022, at the age of 34, while a decade earlier, in 2012, Leslie Carter died at the age of 25. Both deaths were caused by overdoses.

Bobbie Jean - who was a mother of one daughter - was on probation for cocaine possession when she died according to law enforcement - but her roommates had told them that she had not used any narcotics since her prison release

Bobbie Jean – who was a mother of one daughter – was on probation for cocaine possession when she died according to law enforcement – but her roommates had told them that she had not used any narcotics since her prison release 

Aaron's death was attributed to drowning after inhaling compressed difluoroethane, also known as huffing, and ingesting alprazolam, which is sold under the brand name Xanax

Aaron’s death was attributed to drowning after inhaling compressed difluoroethane, also known as huffing, and ingesting alprazolam, which is sold under the brand name Xanax

Leslie (left) died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 2012 - she is pictured in 2006 - the same year the Carter siblings starred in reality show, House of Carters

Leslie (left) died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 2012 – she is pictured in 2006 – the same year the Carter siblings starred in reality show, House of Carters 

She was laid to rest in a city outside of Tampa during a ‘small, private ceremony’ attended by family and friends last month. 

Nick broke his silence over the death of Bobbie Jean – writing that he is ‘completely heartbroken’ in emotional tribute on Instagram.

‘It may take a lifetime to fully process the loss my family has endured over the years – most recently, with the sudden passing of our sister Bobbie Jean,’ the Backstreet Boys star wrote on Thursday.

He also shared a vintage throwback picture of himself and with Bobbie Jean playing as children.

Nick’s post followed the report that Bobbie Jean’s daughter Bella, eight, is in the custody of her grandmother, Schneck, 64.

In a statement to TMZ the grieving mother spoke about her devastating loss. 

‘I am in shock from learning of the sudden death of my daughter, Bobbie Jean; and I will need time to process the terrible reality of this happening for the third time,’ she began.

Nick, 43, has not spoken publicly about this latest family tragedy, but his sister Angel, 35 made a lengthy statement on Instagram Sunday, promising to prevent the trauma that haunted her siblings from hurting the next generation

Nick, 43, has not spoken publicly about this latest family tragedy, but his sister Angel, 35 made a lengthy statement on Instagram Sunday, promising to prevent the trauma that haunted her siblings from hurting the next generation

What is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous? 

Fentanyl was originally developed in Belgium in the 1950s to aid cancer patients with their pain management. 

Given its extreme potency it has become popular amongst recreational drug users. 

Overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl jumped from nearly 10,000 in 2015 to nearly 20,000 in 2016 – surpassing common opioid painkillers and heroin for the first time. 

The ultra-strong opioid being cut with virtually every street drug in the country killed a record 75,000 Americans in 2021, the equivalent of 1,500 lives lost every week. 

It is often added to heroin because it creates the same high as the drug, with the effects biologically identical. But it can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin, according to officials in the US. 

In the US, fentanyl is classified as a schedule II drug – indicating it has some medical use but it has a strong potential to be abused and can create psychological and physical dependence. 

‘When I am able to think clearly, I’ll release a fuller statement; but until then I would request to be left to grieve in private.’

She added: ‘However deeply a parent feels the loss of a child, the suffering of a young child at the loss of a parent must be much greater.’

‘So, I would ask the sympathetic to say a prayer for my precious eight year old granddaughter Bella, who previously lost her father and is now also left without her mother.’

Fans may know Bobbie Jean from her appearance in the reality show House of Carters, which aired in 2006. 

She, like her late brother Aaron and late sister Leslie, struggled with substance abuse. 

Aaron died from an accidental drowning at his home in Lancaster, California, caused after his inhaling difluoroethane and taking alprazolam, the generic form of brand-name Xanax. He was 34. 

Leslie died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 2012.

In June, Bobbie Jean was arrested on a shoplifting charge for an incident at Hobby Lobby and was put on a suicide watch after threatening to kill herself.

Investigators discovered she was in possession of fentanyl, potent synthetic opioid drug similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more powerful.

Nick, 43, has not spoken publicly about this latest family tragedy, but his sister Angel, 35 made a lengthy statement on Instagram Sunday, promising to prevent the trauma that haunted her siblings from hurting the next generation. 

‘This starts with our children, and creating healthy conversation within the home. The generational dysfunction stops now.’ she wrote Sunday.

Please visit @onoursleevesofficial to learn more about how you can get involved, and how to be there for your loved ones. I love you BJ, you’re free now.’

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-4357.

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