Kristen Johnston Mourns the Death of Her Sister Who 'Lost Her Battle With Addiction'

August 18, 2020

Actress Kristen Johnston is mourning the loss of her sister, Julie Herschede.

“Yesterday my beautiful younger sister Julie lost her battle with addiction,” she tweeted on Tuesday along with a photo of herself hugging Herschede.

“I know she’s finally at peace. She had the best belly laugh in the world,” she added before thanking fans for their “outpouring of love & support.”

Us Weekly notes that Herschede was 51 and lived in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her husband, August Herschede, and their three daughters, Emma, Annabelle, and Elsa.

Johnston, who is best known for her roles on “Sex and the City,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and “Mom,” once told a fan that she struggled to get her sister to stay sober.

In a response to a fan’s tweet about the difficulties of loving an addict, Johnston wrote, “all you can do is take care of yourself. It may mean letting go of them for a while,” adding, “I had to stop with my baby sister. I know how hard it is.”

In a 2012 memoir titled “Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster,” Johnston detailed her own battle with addiction.

"The most important thing I want to express to people is that I’m not cured. I could probably relapse in a minute. Who knows?" she said at the time. "It’s just a weird disease that sneaks up on you and all of a sudden you’re boozing at the bar, or whatever. And it doesn’t have to be because of you or pressure or this-or-that. It just can be,” she told Entertainment Weekly during a book tour.

She became sober in 2007 and was inspired to start a charity called SLAM (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation) to keep New York high schools alcohol-free.

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