On Saturday, February 15, Dr. Amie Harwick, former fiancee to comedian and The Price is Right host Drew Carey, was found in a critical state at her Hollywood Hills home by officers who responded to reports of a “woman screaming”. Dr. Harwick died in the hospital later that night from injuries consistent with a fall.
Gareth Pursehouse, Harwick’s ex-boyfriend, was arrested as a suspect in her murder later that day by the FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force. The case is expected to be presented to the D.A. on Wednesday.
According to police detectives, they’d determined that Harwick had recently expressed fearing Pursehouse after seeing him a couple of weeks before her death. But, that was just the latest event in a history of fear.
In June of 2011, Harwick filed for a temporary restraining order against the suspect. The restraining order only lasted a month, thrown out by a judge because Harwick had failed to appear in court.
Harwick returned to the courthouse nine months later and obtained a second restraining order. After appearing in court, she was granted the request for protection, which expired shortly before her murder.
Amie Harwick and Drew Carey began their relationship in 2017, and the two announced their engagement less than a year later in February of 2018. This was a shock to the public, especially Carey fans, given that the (then) 59-year-old comedian had never been married.
By the end of the year, the couple had decided to end their relationship, quickly progressing through dating to engagement to break up in less than two years.
As of now, Drew Carey has made no comment on his former fiancée’s tragic murder.
As with many famous couples, the more famous significant other of the pair tends to overshadow the less famous one. In the case of Amie Harwick and Drew Carey, the former Who’s Line is it Anyway host and current The Price is Right host is better known across the country, but Harwick was no slouch.
Dr. Harwick was a well-known relationship and sex therapist in Hollywood, who authored “The New Sex Bible for Women: The Complete Guide to Sexual Self-Awareness and Intimacy” and appeared in the documentary Addicted to Sex.
The world has lost more than a famous ex-girlfriend with the death of Dr. Amie Harwick, a “therapist to the stars”who held a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psych, and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. It lost an activist.
Harwick had appeared on podcasts, Youtube, and television to talk about her work in psychology and to advocate on behalf of sex workers. She also supported a nonprofit that specialized in the subsidizing of mental health care for adult industry performers.
fucking enraged to hear this news…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 https://t.co/v9AR3Xf4hE
— Kelsey Darragh (@kelseydarragh) February 17, 2020