In Suicide Note, Half-Sis Blamed Julia Roberts: Sources

Sources say Nancy Motes' family drove her to kill herself

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2014 10:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes did leave a suicide note before her death from an apparent drug overdose, the coroner's office confirms to Us. A source close to the investigation tells the New York Daily News it was five pages long, and quite focused on Roberts: "There were three pages of rantings that her sister drove her to do this. There was one page to her mom, telling her how much she loved her, and one page apologizing to [her fiancé John Dilbeck]," the source says. Dilbeck's brother, Conner, has been slamming Roberts on his Facebook page, including a post that says Motes "was driven to Take her Life yesterday because of the Pure Cruelty of her Sister, Julia Roberts(yes Ms. Pretty Woman herself), that has done everything in her power to Ruin her and my brothers lives."

Motes had long bashed her relationship with her sister in the press, talking—amongst other things—about Roberts' disdain for Motes' weight problems, and claiming Roberts blocked her from seeing their ill mother. The New York Post reports that Roberts was "mortified" at all the tabloid interviews Motes did, and wondered if her half-sister was selling the stories for money. The Daily Mail—in an article Conner Dilbeck linked to multiple times on Facebook—spoke to a close friend of Motes' fiancé, who says Motes' mother "had cut her off entirely" recently and that the family problems drove Motes to suicide. In one link to the article, which he called "the Most Accurate news report that I have read," Conner Dilbeck wrote, "Nancy wanted the Truth to come out and she was Willing to Die to get her point across."

This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows Julia Roberts at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif.
This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows Julia Roberts at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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