Jessica Barrymore, the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore was found dead in a car in National City, San Diego Tuesday. She was 47.

Despite having rich and famous kin, (Jessica’s dad was actor John Barrymore,) Jessica struggled, working at a Petco animal supply store.


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The woman was found inside the car in the 900 block of Hoover Avenue at about 6 a.m.Tuesday. The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed late Tuesday night that firefighters responded and found her dead. Marta Lopez told local news she was trying to leave for work, but a car was blocking her driveway on Hoover and 9th Street. She got out and walked over to the woman behind the wheel. “You need help, you need help,” she told her, but the woman did not respond. Lopez said the seat was reclined and the woman had a SoBe energy drink between her legs. Then, Lopez looked at her neck to see if she was breathing, but something was terribly wrong. Over on the passenger seat, there was another disturbing image: dozens of white pills scattered around. That is when Lopez called police. source

Sources said she was a North County resident. Late Tuesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office told news outlets that they have Jessica Barrymore’s body, whose date of birth was listed as July 31, 1966 – the same as the actress’ half-sister. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy, which has not yet been scheduled.

Jessica Barrymore would have turned 48 on Thursday.

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