The sudden and shocking death of Julia Roberts’ sister has been officially ruled a suicide — but that doesn’t mean the family feud has been laid to rest.
Julia Roberts’ sister Nancy Motes committed suicide by drug overdose, a coroner has ruled.
The Los Angeles Country Coroner’s Office has determined that Motes’ death was a suicide brought on by overdosing on multiple prescription and non-prescription drugs and drowning. Motes’ body was found in the bathtub of the home of friends for whom she was dog sitting in February.
While the initial report did not name the drugs found in her system or around her body, Craig Harvey, the chief of coroner’s investigations, said a full report would be available within two weeks.
Motes’ fiancé John Dilbeck used the report to tear down Roberts, who he said blamed Motes’ death on an accidental overdose caused by a mysterious drug addiction Dilbeck said just did not exist.
“This is proof that Julia was manipulating the truth in terms of what happened,” he told the New York Daily News. “She persisted that this was just a drug overdose and that Nancy was a drug addict. I want everyone to know Nancy was not a drug addict. This verdict from the coroner is more proof of that. I’m still suffering and in mourning, and this is one of the worst nightmares anyone can imagine.”
Motes left behind a four-page suicide note, the bulk of which complained about a family feud surrounding Roberts’ control of the family’s relationship with the pushed-aside little sister. She also ranted against her famous sister on Twitter in the months and weeks before her death.
A memorial service was held for Motes last weekend, and according to onlookers, Roberts gave a bizarre and borderline inappropriate eulogy that left many uncomfortable.
“Julia said that, as her sister, she just wanted to wring her neck because she didn’t wait to see the joy that comes with the morning,” a source told the National Enquirer, saying Roberts added that Motes “took control and ended her pain when she had no other tools to cope with it… She said that she admired that she had the strength to do what she did, to end her pain.”
Dilbeck and Motes’ other friends were not invited to the memorial.