Cathriona White
Cathriona White first met actor Jim Carrey in 2012Twitter/Getty

A distraught Jim Carrey broke down in tears as he carried the coffin of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White on Saturday, 10 October. Carrey, 53, acted as one of the pallbearers as the funeral procession left the Our Lady of Fatima Church, in Cappawhite, Ireland, and walked to the local cemetery.

The 30-year-old make-up artist was found dead in a house in Sherman Oaks, California, on 28 September. Carrey described her death as like being "hit with a lightning bolt". One of the actor's travel companions told reporters that Carey was "here to grieve".

Cathriona moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and took on roles as an extra on a TV show before working behind the scenes. She began dating Carrey in 2012 and they were pictured together in New York earlier this year.

She was found dead on the 29 September days after the couple reportedly broke up. Cathriona's death was being treated as suicide with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office leading the investigation.

During the highly emotional ceremony, Cathriona was described as "a small town girl with big dreams who was not afraid to follow them". The parish priest Tadhg Furlong said that her family and friends were now faced with a life cut short, a vision not fulfilled, a dream not realised.

"Cathriona's approach to life was to take on, to challenge the county, the country, the world," the priest told mourners. You remember the outgoing personality – the strong-willed, determined character."

Furlong added: "Cathriona was a light to so many. Something of the light has gone out. Yet much remains. The light continues to shine. The light of love lives on; the love you had for Cathriona; the love she had for you."

A number of tributes were presented at the service including a sports jersey and football to signify Ms White's love of Gaelic games, along with family photos and make-up brushes, according to the Daily Mail.