A popular therapist and former fiancée of Drew Carey was killed this weekend in her Hollywood Hills home after expressing fear about an ex-boyfriend.
Amie Harwick, 38, died early Saturday morning after the Los Angeles Police discovered her “gravely injured” below a third-floor balcony of her home. They arrested her former boyfriend, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, and charged him with murder, according to a statement from police.
Police said they received a radio call about a “woman screaming” in Hollywood Hills around 1:16 a.m. on Saturday. When they arrived, they discovered Harwick’s roommate in the street; he'd jumped a wall to get to a neighbor’s home to call for help.
“He informed officers that the victim was being assaulted inside of her residence,” police said.
Inside the home, police found Harwick “gravely injured” below a third story balcony. Police said the injuries appeared “consistent with a fall.”
Harwick was unresponsive and later died from her injuries at a local hospital.
“The investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence,” police said.
They later discovered additional evidence showing the intruder entering the property and leaving after Harwick was killed, according to the statement.
Police said that, in the past, Harwick had “expressed fear” about a former boyfriend and had obtained a retraining order against him. However, she had seen the ex about two weeks ago after the restraining order had expired, police said.
Later that afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., police arrested Pursehouse in Playa Del Ray and charged him with murder.
Harwick, the author of “The New Sex Bible For Women,” had once been in a relationship with “Price Is Right” host Drew Carey. Carey and Harwick got engaged in January 2018, but called off the romance later that same year, People reports.
After news of her death spread, Carey described their love as one that “people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” in a statement to People.
“She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist,” he said. “I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”
“Price Is Right” announced it was going on hiatus and would not tape any new shows this week in light of the tragic death, according to The New York Daily News.
Former patients of Harwick’s have taken to social media to express their grief.
“F---ing enraged to hear this news,” Kelsey Darragh host of E!’s “Dating #NoFilter,” said on Twitter. “She was my therapist…we spoke in detail about my past history w domestic abuse. She dedicated her LIFE to helping women like me. feels unreal. RIP dr. amie.”
Model Emily Sears also took to Twitter to remember her therapist.
“Her work changed my life,” she wrote. “It’s truly heartbreaking that she passionately dedicated her life helping others heal from trauma and live freely. This shouldn’t have happened to her.”
Pursehouse is currently being held on a $2 million bail, according to records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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