Man, what’s with all the drug deaths lately? So awful. The victim this time is 37-year-old Nancy Motes, the half-sister of Julia Roberts (they have the same mother) – apparently from an overdose of prescription drugs, though the coroner’s office has yet to confirm this. She was found dead in her home in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter told CNN that Motes was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:21 p.m. on Sunday. “She has a history of some medical issues,” Winter told CNN. “Some prescription drugs were found near her body.”
People reports that the family released a statement on Monday saying, “It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose.” The statement adds that there is no official report from the Coroner and that they are “both shocked and devastated.”
Julia and Nancy have apparently had a bit of a rocky relationship in their younger years, though I think they managed to make peace in recent years. Really a shame to hear.
There’s an autopsy scheduled for this week which should shed more light into what happened, but it does seem pretty clear cut, unfortunately.