Angel Carter Mourns Death of Sister Bobbie Jean Carter in Moving Message

Bobbie Jean Carter died on Dec. 23 at the age of 41. In an Instagram tribute, Angel Carter called sister Bobbie Jean, who is also survived by brother Nick Carter, her childhood "best friend."

By Jess Cohen Dec 24, 2023 6:14 PMTags
Watch: Angel Carter Speaks Out After Death of Her Sister

Angel Carter is reflecting on her childhood with sister Bobbie Jean Carter.

One day after news of Bobbie Jean's death emerged, Angel penned a message to her late sibling. 

"You had a great sense of humor, and a lively spirit," the tribute, posted to Instagram Dec. 24, began. "Growing up, I was your baby, and you were my best friend."

"Life wasn't fair to you, that I know," she continued. "Sometimes, it feels like you didn't have a shot, no matter what."

Bobbie Jean—who is also the sister of Nick Carter, as well as the late Aaron Carter and Leslie Carter—was just 41 at the time of her passing. An official cause of death has yet to be shared publicly. 

"Experiencing innocence instead of being burdened by trauma, pain, and suffering is incredibly important for children, particularly at such a young age," Angel continued. "I know why Leslie, Aaron, and now you ended up in the circumstances that you did. I share that pain we experienced during our childhood and I'm sorry you didn't have an opportunity for a better life."

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"We all need to break down barriers, reduce stigmas, and cultivate a society where seeking mental health support is met with understanding and encouragement," she added. "This starts with our children, and creating healthy conversation within the home."

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Angel concluded her note with one final message to her older sister.

"I love you BJ," she wrote, "you're free now."

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Bobbie Jean's death was confirmed on Dec. 23 by her mom, Jane Carter. This family tragedy comes just over a year after Aaron's passing and 11 years after Leslie's death

"I am in shock from learning of the sudden death of my daughter, Bobbie Jean," Jane told TMZ, "and I will need time to process the terrible reality of this happening for the third time."

Read on to see the Carter family over the years:

Sibling Photo

Nick Carter, Aaron Carter, Bobbie Jean Carter, Leslie Carter and Angel Carter pose for a family portait in New York in 2006.


Nick, Aaron, Leslie and Angel speak at a Television Critics Association panel in 2006.

Charity Event

The siblings attend Howie Dorough's birthday celebration to raise awareness for lupus.

Red Carpet Pic

Bobbie Jean, Nick, Angel, Leslie and Aaron step out at a promotional event for E! and STYLE Networks in 2006.

Out and About

The Carters join LaToya Jackson at the Cabana Club's Hollywood Life Lounge in 2006.

Shopping Spree

Leslie, Angel, Nick, Bobbie Jean and Aaron also stop by the Kari Feinstein style lounge.

Music Moment

Angel, Aaron and Bobbie Jean were pictured smiling at Rolling Stone's party honoring their 2006 Annual Hot List.