Harris Wittels, 30, who was a writer and co-executive producer of the comedy TV series Parks and Recreation, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Thursday, February 19, 2015, in his Los Angeles home. According to the police, drug paraphernalia was discovered in his house, and Wittels was reportedly open about his drug use and two stints in rehab.
The cast of Parks and Recreation are mourning the loss of Harris Wittels, who coined the word “humblebrag,” among other things he is remembered for having done. The term refers to people who openly boast while trying to sound modest. Harris Wittels even created a Twitter account inspired by the word, called @humblebrag, and wrote a book about it.
Besides being the co-executive producer and writer of Parks and Recreation, Harris Wittels also had a few small parts in some of the episodes as a man who enjoyed smoking pot and who used to work for the Pawnee Animal Control Department. Previous to his experiences with Parks and Rec, Harris Wittles had been a writer for both Eastbound and Down and The Sarah Silverman Program. Wittels also enjoyed music and was the drummer for the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die.
Harris Wittels also was well-known as being a stand-up comedian. He did a stand-up comedy routine at a club on Wednesday night, the night before his death. In the routine, Wittels mentioned his past history with drugs, but said that he was currently sober.
A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), according to the Hollywood Reporter, said that an assistant found the body of Harris Wittels at his home. Thursday afternoon, the LAPD were summoned to the house by a 911 call mentioning a possible drug overdose.
Seth Myers, comedian and host of Late Night With Seth Myers, tweeted that the news about the death of Harris Wittels was “heartbreaking.” Parks and Rec actor Billy Eichner tweeted that Harris Wittles was “a fantastic writer.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted about Harris Wittels, as well, referring to him as her “baby.” She wished that she could be like “superman flying backwards around the earth,” and prevent what had happened from happening. She said that she was “so mad at you Harris.” Sarah Silverman tweeted many complimentary words about Harris Wittels, like that he had a big heart and that “he loved comedy more than anything” and had an imagination that “was without limit.” She also the desire of Harris Wittels to tell the truth, “Even when it was ugly.”
Next Tuesday night, on February 24, the final episode of Parks and Recreation will air on NBC. The popular TV sitcom series, starring comedienne Amy Poehler and a supporting cast replete with extremely funny actors, will end after seven seasons.
Harris Wittels, who was a co-executive producer and a writer for Parks and Recreation, was found dead after an apparent drug overdose. He will definitely be missed by his friends, family, co-workers, and everybody else who came into contact with him over the years. He helped make a very funny sitcom that much more humorous with his clever writing, and his far-reaching imagination and brilliance. The police are currently still investigating the cause of his death.
Written By Douglas Cobb