Nancy Motes, Half-Sister of Julia Roberts, Dead of Apparent Overdose

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Nancy Motes, the half-sister of Julia Roberts, was found dead in her apartment yesterday, according to a statement issued by her family.

She was 37 years old.

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Motes was the daughter of the Oscar-winning actress’ mom, Betty Lou, and her stepfather, Michael Motes.

Details surrounding Nancy's death are unclear at this time, but the statement reads:

"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. There is no official report from the Coroner's office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated."

Last week, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman also died of an overdose.

UPDATE: Lieutenant Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner has released the following statmnt:

"Nancy Motes was found dead at a residence in the bathroom yesterday, pronounced dead by the LA Fire Department at 2:12 PM yesterday. Not sure whose residence it was. She was found in a bathtub that had water in it. We're taking it as a suicide, not a drowning.

"She's being examined today. We are waiting for the doctor to provide his findings. There were prescription and non-prescription drugs found at the scene. Cannot tell you what those drugs were. The role the drugs may or may not have played is not yet known.

"The investigator at the scene listed at this point that he is going with suicide and we are waiting for the doctor to finish the examination. We haven't gotten anything yet."

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