Academy award winning actress Julia Roberts stepped out recently for the first time after the untimely death of her half sister Nancy Motes. Motes died suddenly and was found near “illegal drugs.” She reportedly left a note, indicating she may have taken her own life. Roberts cancelled several public appearances in the early days after Motes’ passing. She’s now getting back to work, and will likely attend the upcoming Oscar ceremony where she’s nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for August: Osage County.
The death of Nancy Motes leaves Julia in the growing tragic community of people who have lost loved ones to drugs. In recent celebrity headlines this includes the longtime partner of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and actress Leah Michelle, who lost her boyfriend Corey Monteith last summer.
When a loved one passes suddenly, whether to suicide, accident or otherwise – the result can be disorienting and painful. For Roberts, and others, feelings of self blame can rise and fall with waves of grief. While everyone recovers from death of a loved one differently and on their own timeline, it’s not unusual to at least try and get back to normal as a way to make it through the days. Here’s hoping Julia finds peace and resolution.
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