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Jim Carrey's girlfriend, Cathriona White, died from an apparent suicide in her Los Angeles home earlier this week

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September 30, 2015 09:15 AM

The death of Cathriona White, Jim Carrey‘s on-and-off girlfriend, from an apparent suicide came as shock to everyone who knew her, and her family is reeling from the loss.

On Tuesday, her family issued an emotional statement to the Irish Independent, expressing their devastation at White’s sudden death: “The family of Cathriona White sincerely regret the untimely passing of their beloved daughter and sister.”

“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. There will be no further statements on behalf of the family.”

The Irish-born makeup artist, 30, was “pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. [Monday] night at a residence,” Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells PEOPLE.

Although her cause of death cannot be determined until a complete autopsy is conducted, Winter said there were indications of a suicide.

Cathriona White and Jim Carrey
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“It was reported as a possible suicide. There evidently was a note found. There were pills located near her,” said Winter. He added that the “final cause of death won’t be released until we get full toxicology and tests back.”

On Tuesday, Carrey spoke out to honor the woman he’s been linked to for the past three years, saying he was “deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona.”

“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. “My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her.”

According to the Irish Independent, Carrey, 53, and White first met on a film set in 2012. They reportedly dated for most of 2013 before reuniting earlier this year.

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