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Drew Barrymore responds to death of sister Jessica, reveals they weren’t close

The half sister of Drew Barrymore was found dead in her car on Tuesday, and the actress has now made a statement about the sudden death of the sibling that she barely knew. In a statement to People on Wednesday, Barrymore said, "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.”

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Actress Drew Barrymore attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'Blended' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Drew’s half sister, Jessica Barrymore, who would have turned 48 year old on July 31, was reportedly found dead in her car with a large number of white pills scattered around the passenger’s seat.

The two women had the same father, actor John Drew Barrymore, who passed away in 2004. But it’s really no surprise that the “50 First Dates” actress wasn’t close with her sister Jessica. Barrymore famously became emancipated from her parents, John and Jaid, at age 15 and she’s been vocal about the fact that the relatives of her husband Will Kopleman and her best friend Cameron Diaz are the people whom she considers to be her true family.

In an interview earlier this year with Marie Claire, the 38-year-old movie star talked about how grateful she was to become part of Kopleman’s family when she married him."I didn't think I would ever get to experience that," she said of the Kopelman family’s bond. "This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. “

Barrymore has also gone on record as saying she can’t really have her own mother in her life anymore, and she previously revealed to Oprah Winfrey that it was a mutual decision that Jaid didn’t attend her wedding to Kopelman back in 2012.

As for her siblings, in a 2010 interview with the Telegraph, Drew Barrymore laughed awkwardly when asked if she speaks to half siblings John, Blyth Dolores and Jessica. “No,” she said, followed by a period of silence. Then she added, “Occasionally.”

Jessica Barrymore was the daughter John Barrymore and his third wife Nina Wayne.