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Drew Carey 'Never Got the Chance' to Talk to Ex-fiancée Who Texted Him 3 Days before She Passed

Junie Sihlangu
Feb 14, 2022
09:40 A.M.

Drew Carey was engaged twice in his life, with both relationships leaving him with heartbreak. The first one took away something significant, while the second one passed away.


In January 2018, Drew Carey and his girlfriend, Dr. Amie Harwick, announced their engagement. According to the television star's since-deleted social media post, they had been together for half a year at the time of their engagement.

Harwick worked as a licensed family and marriage therapist. She was also the author of "The New Sex Bible for Women," and according to her website, she studied at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona.

Drew Carey at "The Price Is Right" Daytime Emmys-themed episode taping at CBS Studios on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, and Amie Harwick at The Artists Project at Rock To Recovery's 5th Anniversary Holiday Party on December 17, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Photos: Valerie Macon & Michael Bezjian/WireImage/Getty Images

Drew Carey at "The Price Is Right" Daytime Emmys-themed episode taping at CBS Studios on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, and Amie Harwick at The Artists Project at Rock To Recovery's 5th Anniversary Holiday Party on December 17, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Photos: Valerie Macon & Michael Bezjian/WireImage/Getty Images


While attending the school, Harwick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She later earned her Master's degree from Pepperdine University in California in clinical psychology.

Her Instagram page also revealed that she was an educator, an advocate for women, and her website said she was a well-known Hollywood personality. However, she wasn't the only woman Carey almost married.

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick pose for The Artists Project at Rock To Recovery's 5th Anniversary Holiday Party on December 17, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Michael Bezjian/WireImage/Getty Images

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick pose for The Artists Project at Rock To Recovery's 5th Anniversary Holiday Party on December 17, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Michael Bezjian/WireImage/Getty Images



The "Price Is Right" host announced his engagement to his previous girlfriend, Nicole Jaracz, in October 2007. The couple was together for nearly five years, and during that time, Carey had built a close bond with Jaracz's son, Connor.

Sadly, in 2012, the couple revealed that they were separating. While with Jaracz, the television personality lost 80 lbs. in 2010, attributing the weight loss to Connor because Carey wanted to be around to see the boy graduate high school.



Harwick passed away two years ago, and although she wasn't with Carey when it happened, he took her death quite hard. In February 2020, "The Drew Carey Show" host opened up about their failed relationship.

Carey teared up while speaking on an episode of the Sirius XM show "Drew Carey's Friday Night Freak-Out." He recalled that in September 2018, he was in a "beautiful, great, best relationship" of his life with Harwick.


Carey shared how she had been a mental health advocate and a sex therapist. He said Harwick had been a fun and beautiful person who cared about people, and watching her improve their lives was a joy to witness.

The star admitted that he had been in love with her. When they were seeing each other, the actor would send Harwick setlists for his Sirius XM show, and he once made a particular set for her.


Carey recalled how she'd teared up while listening to it, and they played it all the time for one another. The former couple would sing the lyrics to each other while dancing in the kitchen or slow dancing to it in the bathroom and other areas.

He shared that he'd hold her hand in the car as they listened to it. The television personality said the songs were essential to them and played them for his listeners so they could hear how much he and Harwick had loved each other.


Sadly, their relationship wasn't meant to be because, in November 2018, it was revealed that Carey had called off their engagement. After less than a year since the star's proposal, the couple went their separate ways.

A reason for the separation was never given, and it was strange that the pair split, primarily because of how Carey spoke about his former fiancée. During his Sirius XM show, Carey revealed that they still loved each other even though they broke up.



Harwick's fans were left shocked when it was revealed that the doctor had passed away at age 38 on February 15, 2020. The Cut reported that the police found her injured outside her home in Hollywood Hills' home.

Three days later, the Los Angeles County coroner's office declared the cause of her death a homicide. It was reported that the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" star's ex-fiancée had fallen from a third-story balcony.


According to People, Harwick had been granted two restraining orders against Gareth Pursehouse, the man suspected of murdering her. She'd dated him over a decade ago before she started seeing Carey.

Pursehouse was held on a $2 million bond after his arrest and re-arrested a few hours after posting the bail. In April 2020, the accused pleaded not guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend.



Talking about Harwick's death on his Sirius XM show, Carey confessed that he wouldn't be able to hear the songs from the playlist he made for his ex-girlfriend without thinking about her.

However, he got solace from the fact that he [Drew Carey] was able to send his reply before she [Dr. Amie Harwick] died.


He said she hadn't deserved to die the way she did and told People they'd shared a love of a lifetime. The actor also said he was going to take a few weeks off to deal with his grief as he was in no space to entertain anyone at that time, noting:

“I am overcome with grief.”



In February 2022, the second anniversary of Harwick's death, Carey sat down for an interview with "48 Hours" titled "The Final Hours of Amie Harwick." He confessed that he didn't know if he'd ever want to celebrate Valentine's Day again because of her death.

The star said he didn't want to do anything on the day because it sucked now and wasn't a good day to remember. He confessed to thinking about Harwick daily because they'd shared an intimate relationship where they could completely be themselves.


Carey also shared that he'd gotten a text from her three days before her death where she told him she'd love to meet and talk. He replied that he'd loved to and told the sex therapist he loved her but:

"I never got it. I never had a chance to do it."

However, Carey got solace from the fact that he could send his reply before she died. Having told Harwick that he loved her meant she went to her grave knowing how the television personality felt about her.

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