Drew Barrymore’s paternal half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her parked car outside of San Diego on Tuesday morning.
According to reports, the 47-year-old woman – who is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore and his third wife Nina Wayne – was discovered by a neighbor who was attempting to leave for work, but found herself blocked in by Barrymore’s vehicle.
The neighbor allegedly found Jessica unresponsive and noticed “dozens of white pills” scattered around the passenger seat before calling police. Another neighbor, who discovered the woman in her car hours early, said he thought she was merely sleeping.
Drew Barrymore did not maintain a relationship with her half-sister, once telling the Telegraph than she only speaks to Jessica and her two other half-siblings, John and Blyth Dolores, “occasionally.” The 39-year-old “Never Been Kissed” star has released a statement, however, saying: “’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.”
The official cause of death has not been determined, although the New York Daily News reports the incident as a “suspected suicide.”
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