Julia Roberts Cancels Public Appearances Following Her Half-Sister Nancy Motes' Death

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In the wake of the death of Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes' death, the actress canceled scheduled engagements, such as the Academy Awards' Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday as well as a Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance later that day.

Motes, the younger half-sister of Roberts and her brother, actor Eric Roberts, was 37 years old. In a statement sent to People magazine, her family said she died Sunday “of an apparent drug overdose.” Motes has the same mother as Eric and Julia Roberts.

"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," read the statement, which was sent Monday to People. "There is no official report from the Coroner's office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated."

Ed Winter, the assistant to the Los Angeles County Coroner, told CNN that paramedics were called to a Los Angeles home, which was not Motes’s residence, after she was found on the floor of a bathroom. Winter said Motes was pronounced dead at the scene, and he indicated that drugs may have played a role in her death.

"She has a history of some medical issues," Winter told the network. "Some prescription drugs were found near her body."

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.

 

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