Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister, Jessica Barrymore, Found Dead at Age 47

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This is so sad. Drew Barrymore's half-sister was found dead in a car, possible victim of an overdose or suicide. Jessica Barrymore, who was also the daughter of the legendary actor John Barrymore, had only met her famous half-sibling one time, yet every obit is going to lead with Drew's name. Can you imagine?


Barrymore, 47, was reportedly found dead in her parked car in San Diego. A neighbor called police after she became blocked in by Barrymore's car and tried to rouse her, to no avail. The neighbor reportedly saw "dozens of white pills" scattered around the body. "It's sad to see that," said another neighbor who witnessed Jessica Barrymore in her car.

Not much is known about Jessica, though Drew famously had substance abuse problems when she was younger -- and their shared father, John, died of complications due to alcoholism.

This is all speculation, of course, but it can't be that easy being the anonymous sibling of a world famous celebrity. Certainly it wasn't easy for Julia Roberts' half-sister, Nancy Motes, who committed suicide in February. In that case, Nancy practically blamed her suicide on Julia.

Drew released a statement 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.

You can just imagine that Drew added that "I only met her briefly" as a hopeless attempt to separate herself from the headlines that would ensue. I seriously can't imagine being a human being with a complex inner and outer life, and all anyone cares about is that your half-sister is an actress.

Jessica, I didn't know you either, but as a human being, you deserved more than that. You had dreams, hopes, passions, friends, family. You were your own person. Rest in peace.


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