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‘Parks and Recreation’ executive producer Harris Wittels found dead at his home

Wittels was only 30 years old.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Feb 20, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:06 pm CDT

Harris Wittels, a comedian, writer, and executive producer for Parks and Recreation, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Thursday afternoon. He was 30. The suspected cause is a drug overdose.

On Thursday evening, comedians shared their remembrances on Twitter and retweeted some of their favorite Wittels tweets.

Wittels appeared on Parks and Recreation quite a few times, often as one of two highly stoned Pawnee animal control employeesHe also coined the term “humblebrag” and started the Twitter account @humblebrag to collect the Internet’s finest moments of narcissism.

Before Parks and Recreation, he was a writer for Eastbound & Down and The Sarah Silverman Show. Silverman’s tweets were particularly heartbreaking.

Last year, Wittels appeared on Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird and spoke openly and honestly about addiction. Variety reports that Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler mentioned Wittels during an event Thursday evening.

H/T Variety | Photo via Daniela/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 20, 2015, 8:43 am CST