Autopsy: Barrymore's half-sister OD'd

SAN DIEGO - Actress Drew Barrymore's half-sister, found dead in her car in National City last month, died of an accidental drug overdose, authorities reported Tuesday.

Jessica Barrymore of Bonsall succumbed to acute intoxication from a combination of alcohol, methadone, methamphetamine, the painkiller tramadol and the anti-anxiety medication nordiazepam, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Her body was found in the 900 block of Hoover Avenue around daybreak July 29, two days before her 48th birthday.

The woman who made the discovery told reporters the dead woman was reclined in the car with a SoBe drink between her legs, surrounded by dozens of strewn white pills. The vehicle had been blocking a driveway since about midnight, according to a neighbor.

Barrymore had worked at a local Petco store and her co-workers spoke of her fondly.

"Jessica always had a positive attitude at work, great with customers, us and animals," said Dawn Vaughn, a former co-worker. "Awesome sense of humor and always had a smile for you, very generous in heart and spirit. This world lost a wonderful human being for sure."

Jessica and Drew Barrymore's father, John Drew Barrymore Jr., had four children from several marriages. Jessica Barrymore's mother, Nina Wayne, was a television actress in the 1960s.

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