The death of well known family therapist Amie Harwick, who was allegedly attacked by an ex-boyfriend in her Hollywood Hills home Saturday, has been confirmed as a homicide.
Harwick, 38, died following a fall from a third-floor balcony in the early morning hours on February 15, the Los Angeles Police Department previously said. The Los Angeles Medical Examiner confirmed to Oxygen.com that Harwick’s death has officially been ruled a homicide. Harwick died of blunt force injuries to her head and torso, and there was also “evidence of manual strangulation,” the office said.
Officers responded to Harwick’s neighborhood at around 1:16 a.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of a woman screaming, police said in a press release issued earlier this week. A man identified as Harwick’s roommate told police that she was currently being assaulted in their apartment; when officers made it to the residence, they found Harwick lying on the ground beneath a third-floor balcony, having sustained grave injuries consistent with a fall, police said. She died from her injuries after being transported to a local hospital.
Police quickly identified Harwick’s former boyfriend, 41-year-old Playa Del Rey resident Gareth Pursehouse, as a suspect and arrested him for murder the same day.
Harwick was previously engaged to “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey, but the pair parted ways in 2018, according to Deadline. Carey mourned her passing, calling her a “positive force in the world” in a public statement and writing in one tweet, “I hope you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did.”
Following news of Harwick’s death, CBS halted production of “The Price Is Right” for the week, Deadline reports.
Pursehouse was initially held on $2 million bond, but was released on Tuesday night after posting bond, local outlet KABC reports.
Harwick had previously gotten two restraining orders against Pursehouse, who she dated more than 10 years ago, according to PEOPLE. The most recent order expired two weeks ago and, soon after, the two exes reportedly had a run-in at a public event during which Pursehouse is alleged to have “went ballistic,” leaving Harwick feeling “very scared” and worried for her safety, according to a close friend.
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