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Drew Carey Speaks Out After His Ex-Fiancee Is Murdered

Dr. Amie Harwick died in fall from a balcony
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2020 10:30 AM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2020 4:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Dr. Amie Harwick, who was engaged to Drew Carey for about a year before splitting in 2018, was murdered in the wee hours of Saturday, and another ex of hers has been arrested. LAPD officers responded to her home in the Hollywood Hills after reports of a woman screaming; her roommate, who'd fled over a wall and to a neighbor's house to call police, met them and told them Harwick was being assaulted inside her home. Officers found the 38-year-old unresponsive on the ground underneath a third-floor balcony, with grave injuries consistent with a fall. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died, Deadline reports. Police say there were signs of forced entry and a struggle inside the home of Harwick, a well-known family and sex therapist who appeared in the 2015 documentary Addicted to Sexting, and detectives learned she'd been concerned about an ex-boyfriend hurting her, TMZ reports.

Indeed, she'd had a restraining order against Gareth Pursehouse, 41, but it had expired, and police say the two, who'd only recently broken up, had seen each other during the past couple of weeks. Pursehouse was arrested outside his Playa del Rey residence Saturday afternoon on suspicion of murder. Carey broke his silence after news of the murder broke Monday, telling Fox News in a statement, "Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. 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." He also tweeted a short video of the couple, writing, "I hope you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did." (Read more Drew Carey stories.)

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