Drew Barrymore’s Half Sister Jessica Reportedly Found Dead in California

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A woman found dead in a car in National City, Calif. on Tuesday morning is believed to be the half-sister of Drew Barrymore.

According to 10News, Jessica Barrymore was unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a car parked in front of a driveway. Her body was discovered by a woman who was trying to leave for work.

Jessica Barrymore would have turned 48 on Thursday.

Marta Lopez tells 10News that the driver’s seat was reclined and that the woman had a SoBe energy drink between her legs. “Dozens” of white pills were also scattered on the passenger seat.

The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed that firefighters had responded to a call and had found a dead body behind the wheel. The Medical Examiner’s Office also confirmed the ID and date of birth of the victim. The cause of death is currently unknown and an autopsy has yet to be scheduled.

Drew and Jessica Barrymore shared a father in actor John Drew Barrymore, who died in 2004.

On Wednesday, Drew Barrymore issued a statement to PEOPLE in wake of the sad news:

“Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible, and I’m so incredibly sorry for their loss,” she said.

[Lead photo courtesy of AKM-GSI]