Jessica Barrymore, Drew Barrymore’s half-sister, died from an accidental drug overdose, the coroner said.
CNN is reporting that Jessica Barrymore, 47, was found dead in her car in National City, California, near San Diego, on July 29, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said in a report. Toxicology tests revealed that she had methamphetamine, alcohol, methadone, tramadol, and nordiazepam in her system, and had suffered acute intoxication, according the San Diego County Medical Examiner.
Barrymore was found at the wheel of a car blocking her driveway, the report said. The Daily Mail reports a woman named Marta Lopez made the discovery when she tried to leave for work but was blocked in her driveway by Barrymore’s car.
She unsuccessfully tried to wake the woman and asked if she needed help before noticing the pill bottles and calling the police. It has been reported that numerous white pills were scattered on the passenger seat of her car. Those living near where her body was discovered said her car had been parked there since about midnight.
Both Drew and Jessica Barrymore were the daughters of John Drew Barrymore. Jessica’s mother was John Drew Barrymore’s third wife, Nina Wayne. Drew expressed sorrow at the news. “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,” she said.
People reports that when Jessica Barrymore was found, respondents confirmed her death without medical interaction. They also report that Barrymore took the lethal combination just two days before her 48th birthday. She had apparently visited her mother earlier in the day.
In a cryptic last message on her Facebook profile page on July 28, Jessica shared a post from Mystera Magazine that said:
“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.”
Jessica’s posts on Facebook also gave an insight into her life as a spiritual person. Five days before her death she posted a prayer from a book with the title, “I forgive and I am forgiven.”
It read, “The moment I forgive I am receptive to divine forgiveness. This is the promise of the wisest sages and a spiritual truth I live every day.”
Her page is peppered with quotes from Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and Aristotle.