LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — The ex-fiancée of comedian Drew Carey, Dr. Amie Harwick, has been identified as the woman murdered early Saturday morning in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood.

Sherman Oaks man, Gareth Pursehouse, 41, has been arrested in Harwick’s slaying.


Harwick, 38, a well known celebrity family therapist, was found unresponsive below a third story balcony with significant injuries authorities said were “consistent with a fall.” She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Harwick was killed at her home and her ex-boyfriend, 41-year-old Pursehouse, was arrested Saturday afternoon on murder charges, Los Angeles police announced Sunday.

Officers responded to a call of a “woman screaming” at 2086 Mound Street in Hollywood Hills at around 1:16 a.m. Saturday, according to authorities. Police said a roommate told officers that the victim was being assaulted in the house, reports CBS2.

At around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, an FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force arrested Pursehouse outside his home in the 8100 block of Cabora Drive in Playa Del Rey.

Harwick “had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order” against him, which had since expired, police said in a news release. Harwick had seen Pursehouse two weeks prior to the killing, police disclosed.

Harwick was formerly in a relationship with comedian Drew Carey. A rep for Carey confirmed their engagement in February 2018, according to Entertainment Tonight. It’s unclear when the relationship ended.

Pursehouse is being held on $2 million bail. Investigators are presenting their case to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office for charges.


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