"Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime," Drew Carey told PEOPLE of Amie Harwick's death

By Robyn Merrett
February 18, 2020 12:38 AM
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The Price Is Right has postponed production following the death of host Drew Carey’s ex-fiancée Amie Harwick.

“In light of the passing of Amie Harwick, we have postponed production this week,” Kristina Kirk, vice president of communications, at Fremantle tells PEOPLE.

Fremantle produces and owns the television game show.

Carey spoke out about Harwick’s death on Monday after she was killed following a fall from a balcony after an alleged attack from her ex-boyfriend.

“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” Carey, 61, told PEOPLE in a statement.

“She was 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,” Carey added.

In January 2018, PEOPLE confirmed that The Price Is Right host Carey proposed to Harwick, who authored The New Sex Bible for Women. The couple ended their engagement later that year.

On Saturday at 1:15 p.m., police responded to the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills on an alarming call of a “woman screaming,” the Los Angeles Police Department revealed in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick
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When officers arrived on the scene, they were met by Harwick’s roommate on the street, who told police that she was being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend.

Police then went to check the residence and found Harwick, a well-known therapist, unresponsive, lying on the ground beneath a third story balcony.

Officers shared that Harwick was “gravely injured.”

“She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall,” police said in the press release.

Harwick was later transported to a nearby hospital where she later died. She was 38.

An investigation into the incident revealed possible evidence of a struggle upstairs as well as forced entry.

“A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder entering the property and leaving after the murder,” police said in the press release.

Before her death, police say Harwick had expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person.

At the time of the incident, the restraining had expired and Harwick had seen her ex just two weeks before.

Amie Harwick
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Hours after the assault, police arrested the suspect (Harwick’s former boyfriend) 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse in Playa Del Rey. He was charged with murder, police said in the press release.

Pursehouse is currently being held on a $2 million bail, according to inmate records, and a scheduled court appearance is not immediately available.

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In her final Instagram post, shared on Friday, Harwick wrote to her followers about pressures felt on Valentine’s Day, as well as the importance of loving friendships.

“Many people are celebrating love today,” she wrote. “Whether you are in a relationship or not, exposure to this could feel overwhelming if you are in an unhealthy relationship, dissatisfied with your relationship status, unhappy in your relationship, or feeling pressure to be in a relationship.”

She added: “I think that Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to be mindful and redirect thoughts about love to platonic love. There is so much cultural emphasis on romantic love, but let’s be thankful for the authentic love that we give and receive to friends. ?”

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