Drew Carey's Ex-Fiancée Allegedly Killed In Violent Dispute At Home
Amie Harwick, a sex and family therapist to the stars and former fiancée of Drew Carey, is dead after falling from a balcony according to multiple reports. She was 38.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police have arrested a former boyfriend of Harwick’s as a suspect, as they believe he attacked her and caused her to fall from a third-story balcony after a restraining order against him had expired.
"On Saturday, February 15, 2020, around 1:16 a.m. Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a ‘woman screaming’ in the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills,” the LAPD said in a statement.
Upon arriving at the scene, police reportedly spoke to Harwick's roommate in the street, who told them she was being assaulted inside. The roommate had escaped by jumping over a wall and alerting a neighbour to call for help.
Harwick was then discovered by police "gravely injured" and unresponsive on the ground beneath a third-story balcony. She was taken to hospital but later died from her injuries.
Police say Harwick had earlier expressed concerns about an ex-boyfriend, whose restraining order had ended just two weeks prior.
FBI-LAPD Task Force then arrested 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, who was held on a $2 million bail, according to jail records.
Friends and clients of the popular therapist took to social media to pay tribute to Harwick as well as express their sadness at the fact she regularly helped victims of domestic violence, only to have allegedly become a victim herself.
"Another fatality due to an abusive relationship where the system failed her... RIP Dr. Amie Harwick," one user wrote, while another added, "My deepest condolences to Dr. Amie Harwick's family and friends. This is absolutely devastating to our community."
Harwick was famously the ex-fiancée of comedian Drew Carey, with the pair becoming engaged in 2018 after dating in 2017, though they called the engagement less than a year later.
A representative for Carey previously described the split as "very amicable".
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000. If you need help and advice, call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. A range of domestic and family violence resources based around the country can be found here.