Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead, leaves suicide note

Roberts onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26 in Los Angeles. Image by Getty Images

Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead, leaves suicide note

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Feb 11, 2014

Sad news for Julia Roberts whose half sister, Nancy Motes, committed suicide last weekend, and reportedly left behind a lengthy letter “detailing her tortured relationship with the Oscar-winning actress,” reports the New York Daily News.

A source close to the investigation told the Daily News the letter, which was reportedly found by an emergency medical technician at the scene, contained “three pages of rantings that her sister drove her to do this.”
Motes’ fiancé, John Dilbeck, reportedly found her body Sunday afternoon in a bathtub filled with water at a Los Angeles home where Motes, 37, was pet sitting. Both prescription and non-prescription pills were found a the scene.
Motes was the daughter of Roberts' mother, Betty Lou, and stepfather, Michael Motes.
According to the Daily News, “She had a falling out with Roberts, 46, after giving a tell-all interview last summer and accusing the ‘Pretty Woman’ actress of blocking her access to their sick mother, the source said. In the days leading up to Motes' death, she sounded emotionally unstable in posts on her Twitter account.
"So my 'sister' said that with all her friends & fans she doesn't need any more love. Just so you all know 'America's Sweetheart' is a B----!!'" she tweeted on Jan. 20.
“Do you want to be a fan of someone so cruel? She's not even that good of an actress. Happy you totally F---ed with me?" she added in a subsequent tweet.
"(M)y own family has abandoned me," Motes tweeted Jan. 22.
The News reports that the angry tweets were still visible late Monday but had disappeared by early Tuesday.
Last August, Motes gave an interview claiming Roberts criticized her for being overweight as a teen.
The coroner has not yet ruled on a cause of death for Motes. Roberts, meanwhile, cancelled all public appearances on Monday, including a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.