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Subject: Harris Wittels of ‘Parks and Recreation’ dead at 30

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/20/15 at 4:01 am

Harris Wittels, a 30-year-old writer and producer of “Parks and Recreation,” is dead at 30.

TMZ broke the news, reporting Wittels died of a “possible drug overdose” in his home, where he was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon. Drug paraphernalia was also discovered in the house. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Wittels’s death to KPCC.

Wittels, who completed a stint in rehab last fall and said he was clean and sober in a recent stand-up performance, was open about his history with heroin.

“I just really stopped caring about my life,” Wittels said on the podcast “You Made It Weird” in November. “I just really started to think, well, if I’m only here for 80 years, then who cares if I spend it high or not?”

Wittels, a Houston native, first rose to prominence as a writer for “The Sarah Silverman Show.” He appeared on “Parks and Rec” as an all-thumbs animal control officer with a unexpected name: Harris.

Tributes to Wittels quickly appeared from his collaborators and peers.

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