Harris Wittels, 30, a writer and executive producer on “Parks and Recreation” was found dead today, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at his Los Angeles home, TMZ reports.
Writes TMZ: “According to law enforcement sources … Wittels was pronounced dead around 1 PM. We’re told the 30-year-old was found lying on his couch … and there was drug paraphernalia in the house. There were no signs of trauma to his body. Wittels spoke openly about his battles with drug addiction. He’d gone to rehab twice.”
Entertainment Weekly writes, “While the official cause of death is not yet known, the Los Angeles Police Department tells EW it appears to have been an overdose.”
According to NBC News, “Wittels, who appeared several times on ‘Parks and Recreation’ playing a former employee of the Pawnee Animal Control Department, also wrote for the shows ‘Eastbound and Down’ and ‘The Sarah Silverman Program.’”
Says the Huffington Post, Wittels “is also credited with coining the term ‘humblebrag,’ a type of boast disguised in modesty. He published a book in 2012, ‘Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty,’ based on his Twitter account.”
Harris Wittels in a Video Podcast in 2013