Cathriona White, 30-year-old makeup artist and the ex-girlfriend of Jim Carrey, 53, was found dead in her home on Monday night due to a suspected suicide.
Paramedics from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to White’s home in Sherman Oaks on Monday night, according to CNN, where they pronounced White dead at the scene.
The investigation is not yet complete, but the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has called it “an apparent suicide.” According to People, a bottle of pills was found next to White’s body. A full autopsy and toxicology report is scheduled for today.
A suicide note was found at the scene as well, reported FOX News, although details of the note remain private.
White also posted a telling message via Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 24: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.”
More details are expected to be released as the investigation continues.
White moved from Ireland to the U.S. and was working as a makeup artist when she met Carrey in 2012 on a movie set. The two have had an on-again, off-again relationship since then. Although White’s social media accounts do not mention Carrey, the couple was photographed holding hands in New York City earlier this year in May, and various news outlets have speculated since that the couple had begun dating again.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona,” said Carrey in a statement on Tuesday. “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.”
White’s apparent suicide leaves behind a tragic reminder: mental illness doesn’t discriminate, regardless of a person’s ethnicity, wealth, or social status. According to the most recent estimates, spending on mental health treatment in the U.S. is likely to reach around $113 billion annually. Although mental health stigma and shame is still prevalent in most Western cultures, experts believe that highly-reported suicides — when reported carefully and respectfully — could encourage more people to seek help for a mental health concern.