'Parks & Recreation' Producer Found Dead 1 Week Before Series Finale

A young Hollywood writer and producer was found dead in his home on Thursday, February 19. Harris Wittels died from an apparent overdose, just one week before his show, Parks and Recreation, airs its series finale.


The cause of death for the 30-year-old is not official, but the Los Angeles Police Department suspects a drug overdose. Wittels has been very open about his battle with addiction, and has even tried to overcome it twice in rehab.

Reports say that he was found dead on his couch, and there was drug paraphernalia in the house. Tragically, it was just last night that he performed a stand-up routine in L.A., in which he talked about his sobriety.

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The funnyman wrote several episodes of the award-winning show, including "Road Trip," "The Treaty," "94 Meetings," and "Ron and Jammy." He also played recurring character Harris, the Pawnee Animal Control employee.

Wittels was also a writer and producer on other projects like Eastbound and Down and Secret Girlfriend, and he wrote several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program.

Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Wittels is also credited with coining the term "humblebrag." In 2012, he wrote the book Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, which he said is "a specific type of bragging which masks the brag in a faux-humble guise."

His death is so very tragic, and a reminder that it's not just the down and out who suffer from drug addiction. This young man was just at the beginning of his career, and he'd already accomplished so much. He brought laughter to so many people, and we're heartbroken to hear of his passing.

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