Parks and Rec Writer Harris Wittels Found Dead of Apparent Overdose


Harris Wittels, a comedian and writer on Parks and Recreation was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 30 years old.

In addition to serving as a writer and producer on the NBC show, which has its series finale next Tuesday, Wittels was a frequent guest on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and co-hosted the spin-off show Analyze Phish with Scott Aukerman.

Wittels’ biggest claim to fame may be the coining of the term “humblebrag” to describe the way people — often celebrities — complain about how amazing their lives are on Twitter. In 2012, he published the book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty.

In another podcast with Pete Holmes last November, Wittels opened up about his struggles of addiction and said he had checked himself into rehab for the second time this past year.

His fellow comedians have been paying tribute to him on Twitter:

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