Jim Carrey Criticises ‘Heartless’ Lawsuit Blaming Him For Cathriona White’s Death

The Tipperary native was found dead in her California home last year.

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Jim Carrey has hit back publicly at allegations that he was at fault for the death of his former girlfriend, Tipperary-born Cathriona White.

The actor is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Cathriona’s husband, Mark Burton, who alleges that Carrey attempted to conceal his “involvement and culpability” of her death in September 2015.

White’s body was found at her home in Sherman Oaks, California after she overdosed on a number of prescription drugs, among them Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet. She had been dating Carrey on and off since 2012.

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Burton, who was still legally married to Cathriona at the time of her death, alleges that the pills Cathriona took came from three bottles labelled under the name Arthur King, a pseudonym used by Carrey for drug prescriptions.

The suit further states that Carrey knew his girlfriend was “prone to depression and had previously attempted to take her own life” and calls her overdose “predictable and foreseeable.”

Carrey issued a statement overnight heavily criticising the lawsuit, and calling it a “shame” and a “heartless attempt” by Burton to exploit him. He also implied that he would be taking the case to trial rather than trying to settle out of court.

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“It would be easy for me to get back in a room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honour against the evil in this world,” Carrey’s statement reads.

“I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”


Carrey travelled to his girlfriend’s native home of Cappawhite, Tipperary in the days following her death, to be with her family and to serve as one of the pallbearers at her funeral.

In a statement at the time he called the make-up artist a “delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil” and referred to her death as a “lightning bolt.”


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