Police say his death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose
Harris Wittels, a writer and executive producer on Parks And Recreation, has died at the age of 30.
Wittels, who wrote 12 episodes of the cult US sitcom between 2009 and 2015, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles yesterday (February 19). Local police told the Associated Press that his death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose.
In addition to his work on Parks And Recreation, Wittels wrote for The Sarah Silverman Program between 2008 and 2010 and coined the expression “humblebrag” with his Twitter account of the same name. His book, Humblebrag: The Art Of False Modesty, was published in 2012.
Wittels became a staff writer on Parks And Recreation in 2010 before being promoted to co-producer and then executive producer. He also made several appearances on the show as dim-witted animal control department employee Harris. The seventh and final season of Parks And Recreation draws to a close next Tuesday (February 24) with a special double episode.
Collecting an award at a charity event in Los Angeles last night (February 19), Parks And Recreation star Amy Poehler told the audience: “Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction,” before adding: “So, I don’t really feel like telling any jokes [tonight].”
Wittels spoke openly about his battles with drug addiction during an appearance on popular podcast You Made It Weird last November (2014), revealing that he had left a rehab facility the previous month after becoming dependent on heroin. A toxicology report on his body is expected to take between six and eight weeks.