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Harris Wittels Dead: 'Parks and Recreation' Producer OD'd?

By    |   Friday, 20 Feb 2015 06:05 AM

Harris Wittels, co-executive producer of NBC's popular sitcom "Parks and Recreation," died at his home Thursday from what law enforcement officials believe could be a possible drug overdose, reported celebrity website TMZ.

Wittels, 30, was found by an assistant Thursday, who in turn called the Los Angeles Police Department, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  He was found lying on a couch about 1 p.m. with drug paraphernalia around him, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

Wittels had reportedly checked into rehab twice, and during a stand-up comic routine Wednesday at Los Angeles comedy club The Meltdown he talked about being clean, reported TMZ.

While being honored at Variety's unite4humanity event on Thursday, "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler paused to honor Wittels, according to Variety.

"Today, I lost a friend," Poehler said in accepting the Unity Award for her work with orphans and underpriviledged children. "I'm sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line every day. When things happen in our lives, we turn to the people that we love…and we lean on people, in a hope that we will ease our pain."

Wittels was a producer and writer for HBO's "Eastbound and Down" and Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program." "Parks and Recreation" is in its final season on NBC, noted TMZ.

Wittels had a small role on "Parks and Recreation" as an animal-control employee. The show ends its seven-year run on Feb. 24, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

The Huffington Post reported that Wittels is credited with coining the term "humblebrag," a type of boast disguised in modesty.

Fans and celebrities shared their condolences on social media.


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Harris Wittels, co-executive producer of NBC's popular sitcom "Parks and Recreation," died at his home Thursday from what law enforcement officials believe could be a possible drug overdose, reported celebrity website TMZ.
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