Drew Barrymore’s sister was discovered dead in her car, which was blocking a driveway in a residential area in the suburbs of San Diego. She appeared to be sleeping, but when she was approached she was lifeless and cold to the touch, according to New York Daily News on July 30.
Jessica Barrymore, was the daughter of Drew’s father from another marriage, she was 47. Drew Barrymore released a statement conveying her condolences for her half-sister’s family.
She also said she had “only met her briefly.” This suggested the two were estranged half-siblings. ABC News reports that Jessica would have turned 48 on Thursday.
A woman spoke with the media, she was first to approach Jessica Barrymore’s car, as it was blocking her car. Marta Lopez said she tried to leave her home about 6 a.m. Tuesday and the car was in the way.
She walked over to the driver’s side and the woman appeared to be sleeping behind the wheel. She said “Are you OK? You need some help?” When she didn’t receive an answer she called the police.
Barrymore was reclined in the driver’s seat with a SoBe drink between her legs, said Lopez. White pill were scattered all around the passenger seat, the woman said there were “dozens” of pills.
The car was seen around midnight parked in the same place by another neighbor, so it appears that Barrymore had spent at least six hours in the car before she was discovered dead at 6 a.m. by Lopez. When Oscar Sandoval spotted the car at midnight, he thought “she was sleeping or waiting for someone.”
When police arrived, Barrymore was cold to the touch and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The area was roped off as police investigated. Jessica Barrymore’s famous half-sister, Drew Barrymore released a brief statement which included:
"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."
Drew Barrymore is also estranged from her mother, Jaid, who was married to her famous actor father John Drew Barrymore for 13 years. John Barrymore died in 2004. Jessica’s mother was Barrymore’s fourth wife, actress Nina Wayne.
Celebrity Gossip today reports that Jessica Barrymore "died of an apparent suicide." Nothing official has been released on her cause of death, but with the numerous pills found scattered in her car, it sounds as if this death was drug-related somehow.