Exec. Producer of ‘Parks & Recreation’ Found Dead at 30; Drug Overdose?

By , TheWrap.com    February 19, 2015

Harris Wittels, a co-executive producer on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” died of a possible drug overdose at his home on Thursday, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman told TheWrap. He was 30 years old.

Wittel’s body was found at around noon at his residence by his assistant. He lived on the 2200 block of North Hobart in the Los Feliz area of the city.

Wittels had previously spoken openly about his bouts with drug addiction, having attended drug rehabilitation twice.

“My god we are so heartbroken over the loss of Harris Wittels and feel lucky to have known him at all,” tweeted “The Meltdown With Jonah & Kumail” show, where Wittels performed on Wednesday night in L.A.

He had worked with “Parks and Rec” since its debut in 2011. Starting as a staff writer, he worked his way up to co-executive producer. The comedy’s series finale is set to air next Tuesday, Feb. 24 after seven seasons.

Additionally, Wittels has written and produced for HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” Comedy Central’s “Secret Girlfriend” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” In 2012, Wittels was cast as a co-star on Silverman’s NBC pilot, “Susan 313,” which was ultimately not picked up.

“RIP and thank you, Harris Wittels,” Comedy Central tweeted after the news of his death broke.

Additionally, Wittels hosted Earwolf network’s “Analyze Phish” podcast and frequently guest starred on its “Comedy Bang Bang” show.

He was also a drummer and provided background vocals to the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die along with comedians Paul Rust and Michael Cassady.

A Texas native, Wittels attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to major in TV and video production at Boston’s Emerson College, graduating in 2006.

TMZ first reported Wittels’ death.


Harris Wittels, ‘Parks and Rec’ Co-EP, Dead From Apparent Drug Overdose at 30


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