Actor Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a lawsuit over his Irish ex-girlfriend's death thrown out of court.

A US judge confirmed a trial would go ahead next April over claims the 55-year-old used his "wealth, influence and celebrity status" to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White overdosed.

Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015.

The 30-year-old make-up artist's husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the 'Dumb And Dumber star' in Los Angeles.

Carrey's lawyer Raymond Boucher had asked Los Angeles Superior Court to strike out the case but Judge Deirdre Hill ruled that Carrey should face a jury over the claims of wrongful death and allegations under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.

She also ruled against Carrey's privacy request and said the jury should hear medical evidence regarding claims that he gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases.

Mr Boucher denied that Carrey would now attempt to settle the case, adding: "We are preparing for trial."

Canadian-born Carrey previously dismissed the allegations as "malicious" and "predatory".