Half-Sister Of Actress Julia Roberts Dead Of Suspected Drug Overdose

Julia Roberts’s half-sister Nancy Motes died Sunday after a suspected drug overdose. Motes, who was the youngest sister of both Julia and Eric Roberts, battled both obesity and depression.

In a statement, the family is devastated by the loss, confirming that Motes was found unresponsive of a suspected drug overdose in Los Angeles. The Coroner’s office has yet to release an official report on the cause of death.

In the past, Motes spoke about her constant weight battles, and in 2010, she underwent the gastric bypass surgery, and the pressures she suffered with being in a family of famous people – actors and actresses.  Motes’ other sister sibling Lisa Roberts Gillan is an actress as well.  Motes had said her obesity is the reason she didn’t pursue an acting career.  Motes said she felt she was an embarrassment to Julia because she was overweight.

Motes said it was intimidating to be in a family of beautiful people, and not be the same. She said being the little sister of the “Pretty Woman” actress made her see beauty of people inside, not outside. Motes said she felt she was being judged just for her weight.

She said she felt Julia didn’t support her desire to be an actress. Therefore, she moved back to Georgia and focused on things in the theatre.

Ed Winter, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s assistant, said paramedics were called to the home after Motes was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Her death was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m. on the scene.

Winter said Motes had some prior medical problems, but that prescription drugs were located near her body.

Winter said the Coroner’s office is investigating the case, and an autopsy is set for Tuesday.

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