It’s been one week since Jim Carrey’s on-again/off-again girlfriend Cathriona White was found dead from an apparent suicide, and facts about the 30-year-old makeup artist’s life continue to emerge. The latest information to be uncovered, which reportedly came as a shock to a number of Cathriona’s friends and family, is that she was married.
Cathriona White’s “secret” marriage was revealed by an official with the L.A. County Medical Examiner’s office. “She had a husband, we have a husband as next of kin,” the official told the Hollywood Reporter, “We’re not releasing any more information on next of kin, but we do have her as married.”
According to online records, Cathriona White married Mark Burton in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 15, 2013:
Ed Winter, the assistant chief of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office, spoke with UK’s The Times. “I understand that she and Mr. Burton were going to divorce but they were still officially married at the time of her death so he is her official next-of-kin. However, he can cede his right to her possessions to her family if he wishes.”
Here are a couple of photos of Mark Burton:
“There is no way that Jim would have taken her out to public places if he thought she was married,” a source close to Carrey’s family tells the Hollywood Reporter. “As far as Jim was concerned, Cat was separated from her husband and was going to start divorce proceedings in December. When people are separated they date or do whatever they need to do.”
Mark Burton is an audio specialist and boom mic operator who worked with Cathriona White on several projects, including a couple of Reckless Tortuga’s “Online Gamer” video series. Here is a behind-the-scenes “making of” video clip from “The Online Gamer: Zombies” which features Mark and Cathriona. (Cathriona is both a makeup artist and a zombie.)
A photo of Mark Burton from the clip:
Given the timing of the marriage and the fact that Cathriona was not a U.S. citizen (she is from Ireland and came to the United States in 2009), speculation has already begun that perhaps hers was a green card marriage. The Underground Bunker reports that Cathriona’s father passed away in 2012 and “she was unable to go to the funeral because, reportedly, she was in the US illegally.”
2012 is also the year that Cathriona worked with Mark Burton on “The Online Gamer: Zombies” video. (The two reportedly hit it off in part because they were both involved in the Church of Scientology.) It seems she got her immigration issues straightened out, because she returned to Ireland in July of 2014 for her sister’s wedding.
According to the report above, Cathriona was planning to start the divorce proceedings in December. If those proceedings took at least 30 days, Cathriona and Mark would have been married for just over three years.
On a side note, Cathriona posted a photo on Instagram on August 12 of her renewed Irish passport just before she and Jim Carrey took a trip to Canada together:
Another development in the Cathriona White suicide story is that multiple sources are reporting that the drugs (or drug bottles) found with Cathriona–including Ambien, Percocet, Zofran and Propranolol–belonged to Jim Carrey. “They were his medications but unbeknownst to him she took the pills,” a source tells the Hollywood Reporter.
The source adds that the drugs were not taken regularly by Jim. “He had no idea. He didn’t even know they were gone for a few days.”