Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler React to ‘Parks and Rec’ Producer Harris Wittels’ Sudden Death

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Pawnee and Hollywood are in mourning.

According to TMZ, writer and comedian Harris Wittels, who served as one of the executive producers on Parks and Recreation and coined the term “humblebrag,” was found dead at his home on Thursday. A drug overdose is suspected as sources tell TMZ drug paraphernalia was inside the home at the time of his death.

Wittels, who also worked on The Sarah Silverman Program, Eastbound and Down and guest starred on Comedy Bang Bang, spoke about his drug addiction past last November in a podcast. The 30-year-old’s last public appearance was Wednesday, when he performed stand-up at a Los Angeles comedy theater.

As TMZ notes, Wittels made comments during the show about being clean and told fans he was in a “good place.”

Hours after Wittels’ death was reported, Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler paid tribute to her friend at the Variety charity event unite4humanity.

“Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction,” Poehler said on stage.

“I’m sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday. When things happen in our lives, we turn to the people that we love… and we lean on people, in a hope that we will ease our pain.

So, I don’t really feel like telling any jokes. I’m kind of sad, and it’s really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called ‘Hollywood.’ It’s very strange.”

Sarah Silverman, meanwhile, shared her memories of Wittels via Twitter:

Here are some other reactions from Tinseltown:

NBC News reports that a toxicology report is slated to take six to eight weeks.

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