On Sunday (12.24,) Bobbie Jean’s sister, Angel Carter, took to Instagram confirmed her sister’s passing along with a collection of childhood photos:
“To my older sister Bobbie. You had a great sense of humor, and a lively spirit. Growing up, I was your baby, and you were my best friend.” “Life wasn’t fair to you, that I know. Sometimes, it feels like you didn’t have a shot, no matter what.”
“Experiencing innocence instead of being burdened by trauma, pain, and suffering is incredibly important for children, particularly at such a young age.” “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.”
According to TMZ, Bobbie Jean served as a wardrobe stylist and makeup artist during Aaron’s tours in the early 2000s and she also appeared on the Carter family’s 2006 E! reality TV show, House of Carters, where her struggles with addiction and substance abuse were documented. Since then, she has led a relatively private life outside of the spotlight, but was arrested on alleged drug and theft charges earlier this year.
Bobbi Jean died in Florida, and her her mother, Jane Carter told TMZ:
“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,” referencing the deaths of Bobbie Jean, Leslie and Aaron. “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.” “[H]owever 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 8-year-old granddaughter Bella, who previously lost her father and is now also left without her mother.”
While the cause of Bobbie Jean’s death has yet to be provided, Angel requested that her Instagram followers “break down barriers” and “reduce stigmas” around mental health. “The generational dysfunction stops now,” she wrote. “Please visit @onoursleevesofficial to learn more about how you can get involved, and how to be there for your loved ones.”