Hollywood icon Jim Carrey has told of his immense heartache after his ex-girlfriend was found dead from an apparent overdose earlier this week.

Tragic Cathriona White, 30, was discovered at her home in Sherman Oaks, LA, by pals on Monday night. According to TMZ a suicide note was found nearby addressed to Carrey, 53, whom she had recently split from.

The actor issued a statement yesterday in which he said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a 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 by a lightening bolt.”

Cathriona had posted a series of comments on social media in the days before her death, including a tweet which read: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.

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