Cathriona White: Studying Scientology Prior to Suicide?!

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The questions and mysteries surrounding Cathriona White's untimely death continue with perhaps the most headline-making report yet:

Jim Carrey's girlfriend was reportedly studying and practicing Scientology, the controversial religion, before her suicide earlier this week.

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Speculation surfaced after Scientology journalist Tony Ortega published an article claiming that she was a "member" prior to her demise.

Ortega writes White was completing the "Survival Rundown," a requirememt for all members on their way up the Bridge to Total Freedom.

A spokesperson from the church responded to Ortega's article, and was far from pleased with the assertion that the journalist makes.

The allusion Ortega draws in the story, the church says 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."

The spokesperson did not clarify whether or not Cathriona White, who took her own life just a few days ago, was a member of the church.

White, Ortega claims, "originally got involved in Scientology about 4-5 years ago through members of musician Beck's circle of friends."

He continues to note that Cathriona's friends say they were concerned about her dating Jim Carrey again, after they had broken up.

However, "they were assured by Scientologists they knew that Cat was emotionally prepared for the challenge of dating Carrey."

Because, they said, she had just completed the Purif - short for the "Purification Rundown," a process invented by Scientology.

According to founder L. Ron Hubbard, only this could "detoxify" the body via daily sauna sessions and massive doses of niacin.

Ortega's sources also shared that "they were stunned to learn that she had killed herself," he wrote.

Following the tragic news of her passing, White's family has released a heartbreaking statement and Carrey met with local police.

He was also the subject of a bizarre anti-vax conspiracy theory, which may prove that the Internet has officially lost its collective mind.

White, 28, was pronounced dead in her home of a possible overdose. Pills were found next to her and there was a note left behind.

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