Thursday 27 October 2016

Crowds gather to pay respects to 'delicate flower' Cathriona


Cathriona White
Cathriona White
Cathriona's ex, Jim Carrey

Hollywood star Jim Carrey is expected to join the heartbroken family of his ex-girlfriend to pay tribute to his "delicate Irish flower", Cathriona White.

Cathriona (30) left her beloved Tipperary for the stardust of Hollywood seven years ago.

But the young woman's remains were brought back home yesterday to the tight-knit village of Cappawhite for her funeral, with hundreds gathering to pay tribute to the actress and to comfort her devastated family.

Carrey (53) was expected to fly into Ireland by private jet from Los Angeles at the specific invitation of the White family.

He is set to attend her Requiem Mass today, but there was no sign of the star at last night's removal.

Last night, hundreds queued at White's Funeral Home - founded in Cappawhite by Cathriona's grandfather - to offer their sympathies.


Later around 200 people followed a hearse bearing former Tipperary camogie player's remains the to Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Her coffin was draped in the colours of Cappawhite GAA and the ladies teams formed a guard of honour along the route.

The mourners were led by her mother, Brigid; stepmother, Brid; sisters and brothers, Lisa, James, Larina, Sarah and Tadhg; and her grandparents, Lily and James.

Parish Priest Fr Tadhg Furlong received Cathriona's remains at the church.

Cathriona will be buried in Cappawhite Cemetery following 11.30am Requiem Mass today.

She will be laid to rest beside her father Pat.

Tragically, Cathriona was unable to travel back to Cappawhite for his funeral because of issues with her US visa.

Carrey dated Cathriona intermittently from 2012. She died on September 28 in an apparent suicide at her Los Angeles home.

A note was found near her body by shocked friends who had called after becoming worried about her.

Carrey and Cathriona reunited last summer and were photographed together arm-in-arm in New York in July.

Los Angeles Coroner's Office said it will not be releasing the findings of a post mortem examination until the full results of toxicology tests are known.

However, LA police confirmed that four bottles of prescription medicines were found near Ms White's body.

The medicines found were under two different names, none of which was for Ms White.

Mr Carrey had assisted the White family in California with arrangements to get Cathriona's body back to Ireland.

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