This story just gets more heartbreaking. Leslie Carter passed away suddenly on Tuesday in upstate New York, and with toxicology reports pending, we still don’t know the official cause of death. But now an incident report from emergency responders indicates that a cocktail of prescription drugs is likely what caused the 25-year-old’s sudden death, according to ABC News.
Ginger Carter, Leslie’s stepmother, revealed that Leslie had “a long history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression.” Her toxicology report also showed that Leslie had at least three drugs around her: Olanzapine, used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxant) and Alprazolam, used for anxiety or panic disorders. Apparently, Ginger told authorities that Leslie had looked depressed on the morning of January 30 and had fallen in the shower. Ginger helped Leslie lie down after her fall, but it was later in the afternoon that she found her stepdaughter not breathing when she checked in on her. 911 was called after her father, Robert Carter, performed CPR. The incident report clearly states, “Leslie Ashton’s overdose” as a part of the document. Her husband’s name is Mike Ashton, so her maiden name hasn’t been used.
Sadly, Ginger was also in bad shape, states the report, having taken “five to six pills for her depression” herself “because of Leslie passing away.” The report details that, “Ginger had slurred speech, pinpoint pupils, glassy eyes and kept falling asleep” as well. We can’t imagine what the family is going through. Our condolences to the Carters.
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