Jim Carrey 'shocked' by ex-partner Cathriona White's death

Cathriona White and Jim Carrey pictured in public Image copyright Flynet Pictures
Image caption The couple had had an on-off relationship

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey says he is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the death of his former partner in her Los Angeles apartment.

Cathriona White, 30, who was from County Tipperary in Ireland, was found dead on Monday of a suspected overdose.

Police told the Associated Press the matter was being treated as a suicide but no conclusion has yet been reached.

The website TMZ.com said the couple had an on-off relationship and broke up again last week.

"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 said in a statement.

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Image caption Carrey said of Cathriona White: "She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower"

The Canadian actor, 53, who starred in Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura Pet Detective, met White, a beauty therapist, in 2012.

The Irish Times said White moved to California in 2009 and became involved with Carrey after meeting him on a film set.

Her last tweet, written on Friday, said she was "signing off" from Twitter, adding: "I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest."

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