Actor voices dismay at release of Irish ex’s suicide note

Jim Carrey pictured in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey pictured in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey has said it is a “shame” that details of his ex-girlfriend’s private life have been released to the public in the wake of her suicide.

The Hollywood star issued a statement after the publication of a coroner’s report into the death of Irish make-up artist Cathriona White.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Ms White, 30, died after taking a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs at her Los Angeles home in September.

The Los Angeles county coroner’s office released a report into her death earlier this week, which revealed she left a note for Carrey saying she was “just not for this world”.

In a statement following the report’s release, Carrey said: “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.”

The statement was signed “regrettably, Jim Carrey”.

The coroner’s office said the law states that it must release post-mortem reports as part of the public record.

Carrey, 54, was a pallbearer at Ms White’s funeral in the village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, in October.

He and Ms White had broken up a week before she was found dead on September 28.

In a note addressed to Carrey, Ms White wrote: “I can go on broken-hearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time.”

A second note said: “Please forgive me. I’m just not for this world.”

The cause of death was “multiple drug effects”. It was ruled to be the result of suicide.