Julia Roberts' half sister dies of possible drug OD
THE half sister of Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts died from a possible drug overdose, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said on Monday.
Nancy Motes, 37, was found dead in a bathtub full of water at a Los Angeles residence on Sunday, L.A. County Coroner spokesman John Kades said.
Prescription drugs were found at the residence, which was not Motes' home. Captain Kades said nothing has been ruled out, including an accidental drug overdose or a suicidal overdose.
He added that indications of a suicide note had been found at the residence.
An autopsy on Motes was scheduled for Monday, but the actual cause of death may take as long as eight to 10 weeks to be determined, pending a toxicology report.
Motes was born to the mother of Julia and her brother, Eric, also an actor.
Julia, 46, who has been nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in August: Osage County, did not appear at the Oscar nominees' luncheon hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Monday.
Representatives for both Julia and Eric did not respond to Reuters' request for comment.