Julia Roberts' half-sister found dead

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The half sister of actors Julia and Eric Roberts, Nancy Motes, was found dead in Los Angeles on Sunday "of an apparent drug overdose," the family said in a statement Monday. There is no official report from the coroner's office yet. The family is "both shocked and devastated," the statement continued. A coroner's official told Newsday contributor Frank Lovece that the death was reported by police "as a possible suicide," though "final cause of death is pending." Motes was the daughter of the Roberts siblings' mother and their stepfather, Michael Motes. Julia Roberts did not attend a scheduled Academy Awards luncheon Monday in order to be with her family, her representative told E!

Coming soon: Newsday's Entertainment newsletter, for the latest on celebs, TV, more.

You also may be interested in: