Actress Drew Barrymore’s half-sister was “found dead” from a suspected suicide in National City, California just days before her 48th birthday.
Jessica Barrymore’s body was discovered in her vehicle on Tuesday morning, with an eyewitness revealing there were white pills strewn on her passenger seat.
Marta Lopez made the discovery when she tried to leave for work but was blocked in her driveway by Jessica’s car.
She attempted to wake Jessica Barrymore to see if she needed assistance, before noticing the pill bottles and calling the police.
Lopez told her, “You need help, you need help,” before realizing Jessica was already dead.
Other eyewitnesses said her car had been parked there since midnight, assuming she was waiting for someone.
Her seat was reclined and she had a SoBe energy drink between her legs.
Barrymore’s cause of death is yet to be determined, but an autopsy is scheduled.
Jessica is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore, who is Drew Barrymore’s father too. Jessica’s mother is John’s third wife, Nina Wayne. Here is a photo of Nina in her earlier years. She is still alive.
Jessica attended the San Diego School of Creative Arts and lives in San Marcos.
In a cryptic last message on her profile page on July 28, Barrymore shared a post from Mystera Magazine that reads, “Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes,life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet to Help You, to Hurt You, to Guide You, to Leave You, to Love You, and to gradually Strengthen You into the Person You Were Meant to Become.”
Jessica and Drew’s father John was an alcoholic and abandoned Drew and her mother when she was a baby and was in and out of jail on drug charges before he died of cancer.
Drew released a statement on the passing of her half-sister, 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”.