Kristen Johnston's sister Julie Herschede dies after addiction battle

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

Yesterday my beautiful younger sister Julie lost her battle with addiction. 💔
I know she’s finally at peace. She had the best belly laugh in the world.

— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) August 18, 2020

thanked her followers for the “outpouring of love & support,” saying, “It means a lot to me.”

shared on Twitter that she had to give her sister tough love amid her addiction battle. When someone wrote about the challenges of loving an addict, the star replied, “All you can do is take care of yourself. It may mean letting go of them for a while… Never let someone else’s pain become yours… I had to stop with my baby sister. I know how hard it is.”

interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote the book at the time, Johnston said she “should have died” amid the acute peritonitis, which saw an “ulcer that burst and basically I became septic.” She said, “I think they actually lost me twice on the operating table.”

Johnston had been taking “somewhere between 20 and 100” Vicodin “a day. It was very hardcore.”

After that health criss, she sought treatment for her addiction and it was an eye-opening experience, leading her to change the focus of her life.