The half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore was found dead Tuesday. USA Today reports that Jessica Barrymore was found in a car near San Diego.
Drew Barrymore responded with a statement to People magazine, 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.”
USA Today reports: “Jessica Barrymore, who would have turned 48 on Thursday, was discovered early Tuesday in a car in National City in San Diego County, when a woman leaving for work found a car blocking her driveway, according to the local ABC affiliate KGTV.
“The woman in the car was unresponsive; dozens of white pills were found scattered on the seat and an energy drink was between her legs.”
The cause of death was not yet determined, pending an autopsy.
Jessica and Drew Barrymore both had the same father, John Barrymore, who is descended from the famed family of actors.
The report notes that Jessica Barrymore left a last post on her Facebook page, reading: “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.”