Jim Carrey will fight wrongful death lawsuit against him in girlfriend’s suicide

Cathriona White died of a drug overdose a year ago, and now Jim Carrey is being sued for his girlfriend’s death. When the 30-year-old was found dead in her Los Angeles home, it was deemed a suicide, but her husband is suing Carrey for allegedly illegally getting addictive drugs under the name “Arthur King” and giving them to White. Mark Burton filed the wrongful death lawsuit Monday.

Carrey released a statement Monday night vowing to fight the suit, saying, “What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world,” according to E! News. “I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”

Burton, who lives in Portland, claimed in the lawsuit Carry acted with “reckless disregard of causing serious harm and injury” because White had a history of depression and had attempted to commit suicide in the past. “Ms. White was ill-equipped to ingest and manage highly [addictive] prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician,” the lawsuit said.

The suit says the coroner found White died from an overdose on prescription drugs including Ambien, propranolol, and Percocet, which Burton claims she didn’t have prescriptions to. Burton’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told People magazine they’re asking the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to investigate White’s death, saying, “We look forward to the facts and evidence relating to Mr. Carrey’s conduct and role in the death of Ms. White coming to light.”

Along with the investigation, Burton wants Carrey to pay an unspecified amount in damages, attorneys fees, and funeral and burial costs.

After White’s death, Carrey issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” by her passing. “She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower,” he said, “too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”