Actor Jim Carrey has branded the release of details about the death of his late girlfriend Cathríona White as an invasion of privacy.
Officially ruling her death as a suicide on Tuesday, the LA Coroner's office revealed details of White’s last few days, including the information contained within a letter addressed to Carrey and found at White’s home at the time of her death.
Hitting out at the release of such information, 54-year old Carrey told ET, “When I came to Hollywood to make it as a comedian, I soon learned that the details of my private life would be handed out to the media like free dinner vouchers. I never dreamed that the people I love most in the world would also be on the menu. What a shame.”
Cathríona White, 30, from Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, was found dead in her rented home, in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, on September 28, 2015, just days after a second break-up with the comedic actor. She had been dating Carrey on and off since 2012.
White was reportedly undocumented and had been living and working in LA as a makeup artist for a number of years. She first met Carrey on a film set in late 2012 and they dated for several months before breaking up in March 2013.
In May 2015, however, the couple reconnected, while White was seeking a divorce from another man and they were seen together around New York before a second split in September 2015.
According to details of the autopsy report acquired by the Daily Mail, White had taken prescription medication from Carrey’s home a few days before her death. The official toxicology report states she died from an overdose of prescription drugs including propranolol (a beta blocker used to treat high blood pressure), zolpidem (a sleep aid sold as Ambien), and painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone.
The complete autopsy and toxicology report contains information on how White was found by her friends Dennis and Lena Bradshaw and Carrey’s assistant Nicole Montez in her LA home and also contain excerpts from a suicide note addressed to Carrey in which she left funeral directions to him.
The letter allegedly read: “I’ve spent three days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on and try to put the pieces back together. I could, I just don’t have the will this time.
“I’m sorry you felt I wasn’t there for you. I tried to give you my best part.
“I don't really know about burial or that sort of thing,” She wrote. You are my family so whatever you choose will be fine.
“Please forgive me. I'm just not for this world.”
On learning of her death last year, Carrey said, "She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.” He acted as one of the pallbearers at her funeral in Tipperary.
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