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Jim Carrey’s girlfriend Cathriona White became a scientologist BEFORE moving to LA

  • Cathriona White met with members of the Helnwein family in Tipperary 
  • The Helnweins are well known within the scientologist community in LA 
  • Ms White moved to LA to become an actress using scientology contacts 
  • She even married a scientologist Mark Burton who she met on a TV show 

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 11:51 EST, 9 October 2015 | Updated: 02:21 EST, 10 October 2015

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Tragic Cathriona White became a scientologist before moving to LA after meeting a family of 'weirdo' Austrian millionaires who live in a castle near her home village.

The 30-year-old make up artist from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary is believed to have taken her own life after splitting with Jim Carrey, 53.  

It was previously thought she became a scientologist after moving to the US in 2009, but now it has emerged that she had become close friends with a family of eccentric artists, and well-known members of the church in Ireland.

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Cathriona White, pictured here with Jim Carrey in New York City on May 18, first came in contact with scientology before moving to LA in 2009 after meeting an eccentric Austrian family of artists 

Cathriona White, pictured here with Jim Carrey in New York City on May 18, first came in contact with scientology before moving to LA in 2009 after meeting an eccentric Austrian family of artists 

Cathriona White was first introduced to scientology after meeting the millionaire Helnwein family who own Gurteen castle near her home in Co Tipperary, who are very well connected members of the organisation

Cathriona White was first introduced to scientology after meeting the millionaire Helnwein family who own Gurteen castle near her home in Co Tipperary, who are very well connected members of the organisation

Cyril Helnwein expressed his regret on Ms White's death posting a picture of her on his Instagram feed

Cyril Helnwein expressed his regret on Ms White's death posting a picture of her on his Instagram feed

Ms White was very friendly with the family of high-profile artist Gottfried Helnwein, pictured 

Ms White was very friendly with the family of high-profile artist Gottfried Helnwein, pictured 

Ms White became friends with artist Gottfried Helnwein and his son Cyril. The Helnweins were described in the New York Times last December as 'The Real Life Addams Family'. 

According to Tony Ortega, who has written extensively about scientology, Gottfried Helnwein moved to Ireland in 1997. 

Helnwein is a very high profile artist, who even painted the official portrait of the then Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Helnwein, his wife Renate and their four children Cyril, Wolfgang Amadeus, Ali and Mercedes all lived in the castle after their move to Ireland.

A large number of high profile scientologists collect Helnwein's work. The family are very friendly with My Name is Earl star Jason Lee as well as musician Beck. 

Mr Ortega claims it is through this connection to Beck that Ms White decided to move to Los Angeles, where she met up with more scientologists, including her future husband. 

While in the United States, Ms White's father Pat died in September 2012. As she was living in the country illegally, she was unable to return to Ireland for the funeral because she would not be readmitted to America. 

According to Ortega, the Helnweins were very well connected to a host of high profile scientologists, some of whom collected their art works. 

This scientology link, it is claimed, prompted Ms White to move to Los Angeles where she wanted to become an actress. 

Cyril Helnwein wrote on his instagram page: 'You left this place much too soon. RIP and thank you for being the wonderful person that you are (and thank you for the doggy-sitting too).'

Ms White posted a picture on Instagram of the Gulftream V private jet she flew to New York on with Carrey

Ms White posted a picture on Instagram of the Gulftream V private jet she flew to New York on with Carrey

Ms White married Mark Burton in Las Vegas in a secret ceremony on January 15, 2013

Ms White married Mark Burton in Las Vegas in a secret ceremony on January 15, 2013

It was during this time that she met her future husband on the set of the internet-only TV show 'The Online Gamer'. Many of those involved in the show, including Mark Burton, were scientologists. 

Ms White was only an extra on the show, but she started a secret relationship with Burton, whom she married in January 2013.

Following her death, many of her friends were surprised by the fact that she was married, although it is understood that she was seeking to divorce her husband. 

After her marriage, she was able to return to Ireland for her sister's wedding and it was believed she was planning to return for Christmas.

While in Los Angeles, Ms White took a number of scientology courses. 

Jim Carrey is believed to have flown into Dublin Airport at 2.20am today on this Gulfstream V private jet

Jim Carrey is believed to have flown into Dublin Airport at 2.20am today on this Gulfstream V private jet

Meanwhile, the 53-year-old Hollywood star is believed to have arrived in Ireland in the early hours of this morning on a specially-chartered private jet costing $100,000 for his ex-girlfriend's funeral. 

Carrey is expected to travel to Cappawhite, Co Tipperary where Ms White will be buried next to her father, Pat.  

Hundreds of mourners are due to pay their respects to Ms White and her family at her removal at 8pm tonight at her grandfather's undertakers firm, White Funeral Directors, in Doon, Co Limerick. 

Several suicide notes were found in Ms White's home and police discovered her body next to prescription pills, some of which were reportedly obtained under an alias used by Jim Carrey.

Cathriona's mother Brigid, has also traveled to Cappawhite from her adopted home in England where she had been living for the past number of years.

Ms White's requiem mass is to take place on Saturday at 11.30am.

Due to the number of mourners expected at tomorrow's funeral, a special speaker system has been set up outside Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cappawhite to broadcast the service. 

A spokeswoman for scientology said: 'Saying that somebody was studying Scientology in the past and connecting that to a suicide is like saying a person who had previously studied the Bible committed suicide. It is sad and reprehensible that a paid anti-Scientologist like Tony Ortega is exploiting this terrible tragedy involving a young woman: it's a sign of outright bigotry.'

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