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The thirty-seven-year-old half-sister of Julia and Eric Roberts was found dead inside her apartment in Los Angeles over the weekend. Authorities are conducting a full investigation in conjunction with the coroner’s office into what killed Nancy Motes, but early evidence is pointing to a drug overdose, at least according to the deceased’s family.
This morning, the Roberts/ Motes family released a statement confirming what happened and expressing their shock. You can read a portion of it below, courtesy of People…
"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."
Far younger than her more famous older half-siblings, Motes was born to Julia’s mother and step-father Michael Motes. Unfortunately, the relationship between the departed and her half-sister was rocky. Roberts helped to get her family member a job as a production assistant on Glee, but just last year, rumors swirled that Roberts was refusing to be in Motes’ wedding because she disapproved of the groom.
Losing a family member is always extremely difficult. Losing a young and healthy family member to something like a drug overdose is almost unspeakable. Clearly, Motes had her share of issues, as some others would growing up the younger sibling of one of the most famous women in the world, but there were still a ton of people who loved and cared about her. Our heart breaks for them.
Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to the entire Roberts/ Motes family during this crushing time. No doubt more details will become available once the coroner’s office is able to conduct a full autopsy. When those details emerge, we’ll be sure to bring them to you.