Jim Carrey Helps Carry Casket at Ex-Girlfriend Cathriona White's Funeral
By Desiree Murphy
Jim Carrey attended the funeral of his late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, in her homeland of Ireland on Saturday.
Though he wasn't in attendance for her wake on Friday, Carrey was a pallbearer during the Saturday morning mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in the village of Cappawhite in County Tiperrary. An eyewitness tells ET that approximately 200 people gathered for the ceremony, singing and praying as the eulogy aired through speakers outside of the church.
According to an eyewitness, Carrey, seen visually heartbroken at the back left, seemed very emotional as he helped carry White's casket with five other men, including White's brother, James, from the service to the burial grounds.
Following the 2 p.m. burial an eyewitness tells ET that the 53-year-old actor appeared light-hearted as he chatted with some of White's family members. He also had
his arm around White's stepmother as they walked back to the village together.
White was laid to rest in Cappawhite Cemetery next to her late father, Pat, who died in 2012 after a long battle with brain cancer.
During the 11 a.m. mass, an eyewitness tells ET that White's step-sister, Sarah, gave an emotional eulogy. "Cathriona had such an amazing capacity to love and to
be loved. We can take some
comfort in the knowledge that Cathriona and Pat are together
again," she said. "She is at peace."
"We need to find comfort for each other. There is no
easy fix for grief," she continued. "Particularly when we have lost somebody so young with so
much left to give. But to paraphrase the song 'Oh, the sharp knife of a
short life, send me away with the words of a lovesong'. Thankfully, love is not as fickle and unpredictable as
life is. As long as you are loved, you are here. You are so loved."
White, 30, was found dead of an apparent suicide in her home on Monday, Sept. 28, two days after the anniversary of her father's death. Several notes were found at the scene, including one addressed to Carrey, whom White dated on and off for three years.
Following the news of White's death, her family released a statement to the Irish Independent, celebrating her life and requesting privacy. "The family of Cathriona White sincerely regret the untimely passing of their beloved daughter and sister," they said. "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."
"She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled," Carrey told ET in a statement on Sept. 30. "My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her."
Following the funeral service, Carrey shared an image of the two in silhouette, writing, "Love cannot be lost" alongside a symbol of a rose.
ET previously reported that White was married to a man named Mark Burton at the time of her death. The two wed at Heavenly Bliss Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Jan. 14, 2013. Conflicting sources have both alleged and denied White having plans to get divorced in December of this year.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).