Juliette Lewis: Police Need to Investigate Misty Upham's Death — She Had "Known Enemies"

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Lewis fears that Upham's death may be linked to her speaking out about the Native American community

Juliette Lewis is worried that her friend Misty Upham's death won't be properly investigated. 

Lewis, who co-starred with Upham in August: Osage County, tweeted that she wants to be sure that police don't let outside issues affect the case. 

Upham, who was 32, was first reported missing Oct. 6, and her body was found in a Seattle, Wash., ravine Thursday. 

"Misty spoke out a lot against injustices within Native community," Lewis tweeted Oct. 16. "And had known enemies. Police must do an investigation."

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The next day, the Natural Born Killers star wrote that she couldn't sleep, as she felt sad about the loss of Upham and about "how she died." Lewis added that she didn't want Upham's previous emotional issues, nor tension within the Native American community, to distract from the investigation. Upham's father told The Hollywood Reporter that Upham suffered from bipolar disorder and had recently changed her meds. 

According to The Huffington Post, Lewis also tweeted: "Misty told me about horrible violence she suffered on NA reservations. She felt she [could] be murdered! [Because] she was vocal #ThisIsNOTaSUICIDE." The tweet has since been deleted. 

In a Facebook message posted Friday, Upham's family wrote that Upham's death was "accidental" and not a suicide, as they believe she slipped and fell while hiding from police. 

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