Parks And Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels was found dead today at his Los Angeles home. He was 30. An LAPD source tells Deadline that Harris’ assistant discovered his body around noon. Police said it was a possible overdose, but that is for the Coroner’s office to decide. The NBC series starring Amy Poehler is set to conclude its seventh and final season on February 24.
Writer-comedian Wittels had been on Parks And Rec since Season 1, working as a writer and occasional guest star playing Harris, the Animal Control guy, in a handful of episodes. He started as co-producer on the NBC show, rising to co-executive producer. Wittels got his break as a writer when Sarah Silverman saw him perform stand-up in 2006 and gave him a writing job on her Comedy Central series. He also worked on the network’s series Secret Girlfriend. Comedy Central sent a tweet after the news on his death broke:
Poehler weighed in on Wittels’ death via Twitter tonight:
Wittels had a number of projects in development in TV — where he had an overall deal at Universal Television, the studio behind Parks And Rec — and in features. His producer credits also include HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He also wrote a book, Humblebrag: The Art Of False Modesty, that Grand Central published in 2012. It was based on his Twitter feed Humblebrag. Here’s a Funny or Die video showing how some of the Parks And Rec castmembers were too busy to help Wittels promote the book: