Jim Carrey lawsuit: Late girlfriend’s estranged husband sues for wrongful death

Jim Carrey, Cathriona White
Cathriona White and Jim Carrey are seen walking down the street in the summer of 2015. ET Canada

The estranged husband of actor Jim Carrey‘s ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, who fatally overdosed on pills approximately a year ago, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Carrey via his lawyer Michael Avenatti, saying he provided the prescription medication to White.

According to Daniel Wallach, a gaming, sports and appellate lawyer in Florida, Mark Burton’s lawsuit alleges that Carrey obtained the drugs under a fake name in order to give them to his then-girlfriend.

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Wallach also says Carrey allegedly failed to alert law enforcement authorities even though he had White under surveillance. The most harrowing charge against Carrey is that the A-list star tried to cover up her death, even sending a “bogus” text message to her after she was dead.

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The lawyer posted details of the lawsuit to Twitter, including legal documents:



“This is a case about Jim Carrey using his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case, deadly, controlled substances,” the suit says.

According to the toxicology report, White took her own life at age 28 by overdosing on Carrey’s and her own prescription medication (a combination of sleeping pills, painkillers and beta blockers).

Carrey, 54, and White broke up in the summer of 2015, and White began to suffer severe emotional distress shortly afterwards. It turns out, as was revealed in the autopsy report, that the suicide note she left is actually directly addressed to Carrey.

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Carrey released this statement shortly after her passing:

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”

Before she was found unresponsive, White sent one final tweet to her followers:

The pair met in 2012 and started dating on-and-off until her death. Dennis Bradshaw, a close friend of White’s, told police that she was normally jovial and upbeat, but had periods of time when she was “really down.” White mentioned missing her family in Ireland, claimed Bradshaw, but said she was “madly in love with Jim” despite their “roller-coaster” relationship.

Carrey has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, is in crisis or needs someone to talk to, you can find 24-hour help through the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

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With files from ET Canada

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