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Report: Julia Roberts' Mother Dies at 80

Betty Lou Motes had been battling lung cancer

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Liz Raftery

Julia Roberts' mother, Betty Lou Motes, died Thursday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., In Touch reports. She was 80.

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Motes was reportedly battling lung cancer, and was living in Los Angeles with Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, and their three children. An email to a rep for Roberts was not immediately returned.

Just over a year ago, Motes' daughter and Roberts' half-sister Nancy committed suicide.

Throughout Roberts' acting career, Motes had occasionally accompanied her daughter to fundraisers and red carpet events.