A sad day indeed for the Roberts family.
Nancy Motes, the 37-year-old half-sister of Julia Roberts and Eric Roberts, has died of an apparent drug overdose.
“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 a statement sent to E! News from Julia Roberts’ rep. “There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”
In the wake of the tragic news, Roberts, who is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her work in August: Osage County, has pulled out of today’s Oscars luncheon to be with family, her rep told E! News.
According to the Daily Mail, Motes had worked as a production assistant on Glee, and was planning on marrying her fiancé, John Dilbeck, in May.
UPDATE: Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner told Us Weekly: “Nancy Motes was found dead at a residence in the bathroom yesterday, pronounced dead by the L.A. Fire Department at 2:12 p.m. yesterday. Not sure whose residence it was. She was found in a bathtub that had water in it. We’re taking it as a suicide, not a drowning.