Harris Wittels, one of the producers behind NBC’s Parks and Recreation, was found dead at his Los Feliz home Thursday afternoon of a suspected drug overdose. He was 30.
Wittels was open about his drug use in the past, and served two stints in rehab.
In addition to serving as a producer on Parks, Wittels also produced and wrote episodes of Eastbound and Down and The Sarah Silverman Program. He also performed stand-up comedy, his most recent show being Wednesday night at Los Angeles comedy club The Meltdown.
Fellow comedians and co-workers expressed their shock on Twitter and other social media shortly after the news broke.
“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,” tweeted Sarah Silverman. “You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything.”
Parks and Recreation is in its final season. The last episode airs next week on NBC.