Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White committed suicide via an overdose on September 24, 2015. The couple had dated on and off since 2012 leading up to her suicide. In the lawsuit filed on Monday, by White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, it is said that Carrey illegally obtained “highly addictive” drugs under a false name (Arthur King). He then allegedly gave them to White even though he knew she had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts (according to Burton), meaning he played a role in her death.
The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that White died to a lethal overdose of prescription drugs including Ambien, propranolol and a “massive dose” of Percocet. These drugs were found in White’s residence in pill bottles that were prescribed to “Arthur King”.
White left a suicide note to Carrey reading, “I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on brokenhearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time,” she wrote. “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. You are my family so whatever you choose will be fine.”
Carrey denies these wrongful death allegations against him, and in a statement said he would fight the allegations rather than settle out of court, not tolerating, “This heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved.” He continued, “What a terrible shame, it would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world.”
It’s unknown if White and Burton were separated or divorcing when she died. Carrey was a pallbearer at the funeral. He has said he just hopes, “people will stop trying to profit” from White’s death. “Let her rest in peace.”