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Coroner: Julia Roberts' sister committed suicide by drug use, drowning

Coroner: Julia Roberts' sister committed suicide by drug use, drowning
Julia Roberts in January in Palm Springs. The death of her sister, Nancy Motes, 37, in February was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

Actress Julia Roberts' half-sister committed suicide and died of drowning and the combined effects of multiple drugs, a Los Angeles County coroner's report revealed Wednesday.

Nancy Motes, 37, was found in February submerged in a bathtub after consuming drugs, said Craig Harvey, chief of coroner's investigations.

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The younger sister of the Oscar-winning actress was found in the home by a friend. Investigators found prescription and nonprescription medications at the scene and took them as evidence. Coroner's officials did not identify the drugs in its findings.

In the wake of Motes' death, the star's family issued a statement saying they were "devastated" and Roberts laid low during the surrounding media frenzy.

Harvey said a full version of the coroner's report on Motes is expected to be available in two weeks.

"It's just heartbreak," the actress said, tearing up in an interview with WSJ. Magazine just weeks after her estranged sister's death.

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