Jim Carrey cleared over wrongful death of former girlfriend

Actor was being sued by Cathriona White's mother and estranged husband

Jim Carrey won’t face trial over the suicide of his former girlfriend Cathriona White.

Irish-born make-up artist White, 30, was found dead in September 2015 after overdosing on prescription drugs. Carrey and White began dating in 2012 after meeting on a film set. Though the couple split in late 2013, it is understood that they reunited earlier in 2015 before parting ways again shortly before White’s passing.

It was previously reported that White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and estranged husband, Mark Burton, were both suing the 55-year-old actor in wrongful death suits, claiming that Carrey provided White with the prescription drugs that she overdosed on. Sweetman also alleged that Carrey gave her daughter sexually transmitted diseases and pressured her into silence shortly before her death.

Now, a representative for Carrey has told The Hollywood Reporter that the matters have been dismissed. Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Sweetman and Burton, said: “We have no further comment at this time.”

Carrey’s lawyer had previously asked the judge to throw the case out of court, arguing that his client would find the trial “very painful”.

Carrey denied the “malicious” and “predatory” allegations.

Responding to the initial news of White’s passing, Carrey said last year: “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,” he added. “We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”