Drew Carey reacts to ex-fiancée Amie Harwick's death: 'I am overcome with grief'

Drew Carey is grieving the loss of his former fiancée, Dr. Amie Harwick.

Harwick, a well-known family and sex therapist, was killed early Saturday after falling from a balcony inside her Hollywood Hills home. Her ex-boyfriend was arrested for murder. Carey and Harwick ended their engagement in 2018.

"Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime," Carey said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment Monday. "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."

People confirmed in January 2018 ThePrice Is Right host, 61, and Harwick were engaged. Carey and Harwick were private about their relationship, but attended a few public events together. A rep for the actor said in November 2018 the pair's decision to end their engagement was "very amicable."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Drew Carey and guest pose for The Artists Project at Rock To Recovery 5th Anniversary Holiday Party at Avalon on December 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
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TMZ reports The Price Is Right is going on a brief hiatus this week following the tragedy. Episodes were scheduled to shoot on Tuesday and Wednesday; however, audience members got an email about the cancelation Monday morning. Yahoo Entertainment reached out to the show for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Officers responded to a radio call of a "woman screaming" around 1:16 a.m. on Saturday. Harwick, a licensed marriage and family therapist, was found unresponsive and gravely injured on the ground beneath a third-story balcony. She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall, police say, and died at a nearby hospital. The LAPD noted their investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence. Surveillance footage led them to identify Harwick's ex-boyfriend as the suspect. Gareth Pursehouse, 41, was arrested for murder Saturday afternoon.

"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 in a press release. "The restraining order had expired and the victim had seen this former boyfriend two weeks ago."

Harwick's patients found her to be a tireless champion of women, too, as people have taken to social media to share how she impacted their lives. Harwick helped many women who were victims of domestic abuse. She was 38.

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