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
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)

(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."

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Vicki Mock Holsky
Feb 15, 2014 6:26 PM CST
It appears that this young lady needed hospitalized. The blame for a drug addiction is always put on someone else. I am sure Julia tried to help, but you can only help so much. Giving money to addicts only helps them get more drugs. It is no ones fault but her own. Why blame Julia. It is not her responsibility to take care of her siblings and their boyfriends just because she has more money. Maybe the husband to be should have gotten her help.
Donna
Feb 15, 2014 1:32 AM CST
Regardless of how Julia acted maybe she had good reason to 'disown' her. I don't care if you know her or not her sister is plain selfish for writing such a letter. It's defamation even if she is dead.
janelanejones
Feb 13, 2014 3:09 PM CST
She took drugs to get what point across and to whom? What could possibly be so important? Does julia have the nuke codes or is planning to overthrow the government? Probably not so that chick was batshit crazy. My sister and my mother suck so i dont talk to them and ive gone on with my life. But thats the difference between a normal person and the insane.