Drew Barrymore’s half-sister, Jessica Barrymore, was found dead in her car yesterday.
Jessica, who shared the same father as Drew, was found in a vehicle in National City, just north of San Diego, California at 6am.
According to reports, local resident Marta Lopez found Jessica, 47, slumped behind the wheel of the car, which had blocked the driveway to Lopez’s apartment building. Pills were discovered on the passenger seat and a can of energy drink was wedged between her legs.
The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed her identity to local radio station 10News.
An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.
Jessica and Drew were estranged at the time of Jessica’s death, with Drew releasing a statement to People 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.”
Jessica would have turned 48 on Thursday. She is the daughter of John Drew Barrymore and his third wife Nina Wayne.