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Cathriona White's family: 'She was a shining light who was loved deeply'

Jim Carrey's on/off Irish girlfriend Cathriona White (30) found dead at her LA home
Actor and comedian described her as "a delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil'
Cause of death has not yet been confirmed ahead of autopsy

David Kearns and Denise Calnan

Published 29/09/2015 | 16:27

(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
Jim Carrey spotted out with Irish girlfriend Cathriona White in New York City. Picture: FameFlynet UK
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
Jim Carrey spotted out with Irish girlfriend Cathriona White in New York City. Picture: FameFlynet UK
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)

COMEDIAN Jim Carrey's on/off girlfriend Cathriona White has been found dead at a residence in LA.

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The Irish woman, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, first met Carrey on a film set in 2012.

A statement to Independent.ie last night on behalf of her family said: "The family of Cathriona White sincerely regret the untimely passing of their beloved daughter and sister.

"Cathriona was a shining light in our lives who was loved deeply by her entire family. We will miss her terribly and at this difficult time we ask to be left in private to mourn our loss.

"There will be no further statements on behalf of the family."

In a statement released to TMZ.com, Carrey said: "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."

Speaking to Independent.ie, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said: "Ms White was found at 8.40pm local time on Monday, September 28, at her home in Sherman Oaks.

(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)
(Photo: Instagram/Cathriona White)

"The final cause of death has not been confirmed, pending an autopsy."

LAPD officers received an emergency call shortly after 7.20 pm.

“Ms White was pronounced dead at the scene,” they added.

An examination of Ms White’s body is due to be carried out tomorrow morning, an official at the LAPD coroner’s office said.

Ms White (30) and Carrey (53) dated for almost a year in 2013 before reuniting in May of this year.

Read more: Profile: Cathriona White - the 'little Irish girl' who became a make-up artist in LA  

It is understood the relationship ended again this month.

Ms White trained as a beauty therapist in Ireland before moving to Los Angeles to try her hand at Hollywood in 2009, working behind the scenes.

She also worked as an actor.

The couple were recently seen walking arm in arm in New York City.

The pair were both avid users of social media network Twitter, where Carrey would regularly share photos that Ms White took while out and about in LA.

Read more here: Timeline: Cathriona White's life in Los Angeles  

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