A celebrity sex therapist and the former fiancée of comedian Drew Carey has reportedly been murdered.
Dr Amie Harwick was found on the ground outside her Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles, in the US state of California, on Saturday morning (local time), local news outlet CBSLA reported.
Residents reported hearing a female’s screams coming from the home about 1.16am and contacted police, with the 38-year-old’s ex boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse, 41, arrested over the death later that day, according to the publication.
Police found the victim unresponsive and gravely injured on the ground beneath a third-storey balcony with Dr Harwick suffering injuries consistent with a fall, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Fire Department took her to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
Police said the investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence.
Surveillance footage showed Pursehouse entering the property and leaving after the murder, police said.
“Detectives learned that the victim had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person,” the LAPD said.
“The restraining order had expired and the victim had seen this former boyfriend two weeks ago.”
Dr Harwick split from Carey in 2018. The Price Is Right host has not commented on the tragedy.
She earned her master’s degree from Pepperdine University in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.
The 38-year-old was also a former Playboy model and the author of The New Sex Bible for Women. Many of her patients and friends reacted on social media.
“F***ing enraged to hear this news. She was my therapist... We spoke in detail about my past history [with] domestic abuse. She dedicated her LIFE (sic) to helping women like me. Feels unreal,” Kelsey Darragh, host of E!'s Dating #NoFilter, tweeted.
A woman responded, saying: “She was my therapist too until I left L.A.; she truly was one of the most inspiring and strong women I’ve ever met and she did more for me than words can say. I’m just so sad and angry about this.”
“Ending a relationship is a big choice. Sometimes, it’s hard to commit to that decision,” Dr Harwick wrote in October.
“You always have the right to end a relationship. Breakups do not have to be a failure or a ‘bad thing.’ Breakups can be healing, a sign of progress or a shift in dynamic that works better for everyone.”
In her last social media post, Dr Harwick posted about being thankful "for the authentic love that we give and receive to friends”.
Pursehouse is being held on a US$2 million bail as investigators prepare to present their case in court.
– with Yahoo Celebrity
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