'Parks and Recreation' writer-producer Harris Wittels dies

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Harris Wittels, a writer and comedian best known for his work on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," has passed away at the age of 30.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Pie-mary' Episode 708 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colton Dunn as Brett, Harris Wittels as Harris -- (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Harris Wittels and Johnny Knoxville attend Bingo Night at The Roxy at The Roxy Theatre on March 7, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: (Exclusive Coverage) Harris Wittels and Paul Reiser attend Bingo at The Roxy at The Roxy Theatre on March 7, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Editors Alan Yang and Harris Wittels poses with their Year of Excellence Award for 'Parks and Recreation' during the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Editors Alan Yang and Harris Wittels attend the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
#humblebrag mothafuckas!!!!
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Parks and rec season 7 writing staff series finale Vegas dinner.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) 'The Sarah Silverman Program' writer Harris Wittels, comedian Sarah Silverman, executive producer/head writer Dan Sterling and actress Laura Silverman, arrive at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30.

Wittels' assistant found him at his home in the Los Feliz area around noon, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police officer Rosario Herrera said. She said the death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose but the Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the exact cause.

Wittels had talked about his struggles with drug abuse in a podcast last fall.

He was a co-executive producer and writer with occasional acting appearances on "Parks and Recreation," and his death comes just a few days before the series finale of the seven-season comedy starring Amy Poehler.

Poehler paid tribute to Wittels Thursday night when she was honored by Variety magazine at its unite4humanity event, where she told the crowd, "I don't really feel like telling any jokes."

"Today, I lost a friend," Poehler said. "I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction."

Wittels also performed stand-up comedy and wrote for other TV shows including "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Eastbound & Down."

He popularized the term "humblebrag" with his Twitter account of the same name, which eventually became the book "Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty." He used it to mock celebrities and others who masked their braggadocio in self-deprecation.

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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
You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything.
That his heart was big and he FELT hard. That he was someone who would reach out to tell you he was thinking of you for no particular reason
That he was honest even if it was gonna piss u off or make him look shitty. He told the truth. Even when it was ugly. Even when he lied.
Such heartbreaking news about Harris Wittels. A really funny guy.
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.
I can’t believe Harris Wittels is gone. Devastating. I feel damaged.
Harris was so funny. He could have the most devastating observation but say it in a sweet and boyish way. I will miss him.
Respect to Harris Wittels.
So sad to hear of the passing of Harris Wittels. Such a talent. Such a loss. #HarrisWittels
I liked Harris Wittels. Good guy. Genuinely funny. What a shame.
RIP @twittels (aka @Humblebrag) I didn't know you well but you always made me feel more accomplished and deserving. #funnyguy
I met Harris in 2002 & sought his approval ever since. He was the most effortlessly funny person I've ever known. He'd hate all these tweets
I'm thinking of all my friends who are mourning the loss of their friend tonight. I'm very sad and sorry.
"we're all trying to avoid thinking about death, that's why we get excited about these stupid, human interactions." - Harris last night
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