Taiwan's Death Penalty

It's been a year nearly to the day since a woman named Cathronia White died from a drug overdose in her Los Angeles area home. The county coroner's office ruled her death a suicide. White's death made news because she had been romantically linked with comedian Jim Carrey.

Suit: Carrey Supplied "Highly Addictive" Drugs to Girlfriend

Now White's estranged husband has filed a wrongful death suit against Carrey, saying that he supplied the drugs that killed his wife. According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 19, Carrey obtained "highly addictive" drugs for his girlfriend using another name.

The suit claims that Carrey obtained the drugs for her even though he knew that she was "prone to depression" and, in fact, had tried to kill herself in the past. The suit called the woman's death "predictable and foreseeable." The 54-year-old actor, who was involved with White on and off beginning in 2012, is accused in the suit of using his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to obtain drugs for his girlfriend.

Carrey Says He'll Fight Suit

However, Carrey has fired back, calling the lawsuit a "heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved." In a statement to the media, he said, "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control." He described her as a "truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil."

Carrey indicated that he is prepared to fight the wrongful death suit. He said that he could easily "get in a back room with this man's lawyer and make this go away." However, he added, "there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world."

The plaintiff, whom Carrey has accused of trying to profit from the legal action, is seeking economic damages and other compensation. The amount is "to be determined at trial."

Plaintiffs in wrongful death suits allege that a person's death resulted from someone else's negligence or actions. In some cases, there is a clearer line between the defendant's behavior and the person's death than there is in others. Personal injury attorneys can advise plaintiffs regarding the viability of a case and help them work to seek justice.