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 following the publication of a coroner’s report into the death of Irish make-up artist Cathriona White.
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 California law states that it must release post-mortem reports as part of the public record and, in this case, it was in touch with Carrey’s lawyer before the information was made public.
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, according to the coroner’s report.
In a note addressed to Carrey, Ms White wrote: “I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on broken-hearted and try to put the pieces back. 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.”
Ms White signed off the note with the word “Dewdrop”, the report said.
A second note, also written to “Jim”, asked for “his people” to sell her belongings and give the money to her family.
“‘I don’t really know about burial or that sort of thing. You are my family so whatever you choose will be fine,” she wrote.
“Please forgive me. I’m just not for this world.”
Ms White’s cause of death was given as “multiple drug effects” after a toxicology report discovered prescription drugs in her system. The coroner ruled her death was suicide.