Parks and Recreation producer found dead

By admin
20 February 2015

Parks and Recreation producer Harris Wittels has died of an apparent drug overdose.

The 30-year-old helped produce over 30 episodes of the award-winning TV comedy since 2009 and has also written extensively for other Hollywood hits, having penned scripts for The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound & Down.

And according to TMZ, Harris was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Thursday February 19, just two months from his 31st birthday on April 20.

'Harris Wittels was a fantastic writer I had the pleasure to work with at Parks and Rec'

Sources tell the website he was pronounced dead at 1pm after authorities discovered him lying on his living room couch. Apparently there were no signs of trauma visible on his body, however, drug paraphernalia was found in the house.

Harris was open about his battle with drugs, having been to rehab twice in his life.

According to the outlet, Harris performed standup comedy at The Meltdown theatre Wednesday night and “said he was in a good place” being clean and sober. Many of his famous colleagues have expressed their grief over Harris’ demise. “He was my baby. I just keep thinking of superman flying backwards around the earth. I wish I could do that. I'm so mad at you Harris,” comedienne Sarah Silverman wrote on Twitter.

Billy Eichner, who plays Craig Middlebrooks on Parks and Recreation, will miss his colleague deeply. “Don't know what to say. Harris Wittels was a fantastic writer I had the pleasure to work with at Parks and Rec. So so sad. RIP Harris.” Billy tweeted.

Parks and Recreation, which stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza, is in its seventh and final season. The show’s last episode airs on February 24.

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