Oprah Winfrey's worst fears have been realised - her half-sister died of from a drug overdose.

PATRICIA LLOYD, 43, was found dead in her apartment in New Berlin, Wisconsin, in February (03), and now coroners have released the truth about her drug-induced death. Lloyd struggled with a cocaine addiction for years, prompting Oprah to help her pay for counselling.

Forensics expert DR ROBERT H GOLDBERG says, "The coroner found that Ms Lloyd died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone - and extremely addictive drug that gives the patient a euphoric, heroin-like high."

24/04/2003 02:05