Drew Barrymore Half-Sister Dead in Likely Suicide

Jessica Barrymore's body found in car in Calif.

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 9:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jessica Barrymore, the older half-sister of Drew Barrymore, has been found dead in her car in what appears to be a suicide two days before she would have turned 48, reports ABC San Diego. Neighbor Marta Lopez says Jessica Barrymore's car was blocking her driveway as she tried to head to work yesterday around 6am in National City, Calif.; she says that when she approached, she saw Jessica's body in the driver's seat with an energy drink between her legs and white pills littering the passenger seat. Apparently the Barrymore sisters weren't close, and a rep gives TMZ this statement from Drew Barrymore: "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."

A neighbor says he saw Jessica Barrymore's car the night before when he went out. "Her car was parked right here last night around midnight," Oscar Sandoval says. "I thought she was sleeping or waiting for someone." Jessica Barrymore—who share with Drew a father, actor John Barrymore—had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and had done two stints in rehab as a teenager, reports the Independent. "It's sad to see that," Sandoval says. An official cause of death has not been determined, and an autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Drew Barrymore arrives at the LA Premiere of Blended held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Drew Barrymore arrives at the LA Premiere of "Blended" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, Drew Barrymore arrives at the Chanel Dinner celebrating the release of her new photo book Find It In Everything.
In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, Drew Barrymore arrives at the Chanel Dinner celebrating the release of her new photo book "Find It In Everything."   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, file)
In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, file)
Actress Drew Barrymore arrives at the LACMA Art   Film Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Actress Drew Barrymore arrives at the LACMA Art Film Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Drew Barrymore attends the New York City Ballet`s 2012 Spring Gala in New York, Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Drew Barrymore attends the New York City Ballet`s 2012 Spring Gala in New York, Thursday, May 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
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