In previous statements, Julia Roberts said that her half-sister Nancy Motes died from an accidental drug overdose. According to the LA County Coroner's office though, Motes actually committed suicide by ingesting multiple drugs. I have two opinions why Julia would release the statement she did. One is that she wanted to protect her mother. Maybe she thought her mother could handle knowing that her daughter died accidentally much better than knowing her daughter committed suicide. Another more salacious reason is that Julia might have been protecting herself. The suicide note basically accused Julia of causing the suicide and Julia might be trying to deflect some of the blame directed towards her. Julia always looks out for herself and her best interests. I'm hoping she released the statement for the first reason, and not the latter. Nancy died after taking the drugs and lowering herself into a bathtub.