Coroner: 'Parks and Rec' Writer Harris Wittels Died of Heroin Overdose

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Harris Wittels

Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles home Feb. 19.

Harris Wittels, co-executive producer and writer for Parks and Recreation, died of "acute heroin intoxication," according to a coroner's report released to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the report, drug paraphernalia was found in his home, including "a spoon, syringe cap, and remnants of a latex balloon."  There were no signs of trauma or foul play. Wittels was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Feb. 19. He had spoken about addiction issues while performing stand-up comedy.  

In addition to performing stand-up and producing and writing for Parks and Rec, Wittels acted in a small role as an animal-control employee. He was also drummed for the band Don't Stop or We'll Die, and wrote for The Sarah Silverman Program and The Suits. His 2012 book Humblebrag was based on his popular @Humblebrag Twitter account.

Wittels' death sparked an outpouring from the comedy community.

"I loved hugging Harris because he was basically a human teddy bear," wrote Parks and Rec executive producer Mike Schur. "I also loved writing with him and hearing him tell stories and listening to him try to defend an indefensible position about something he hadn't thought through — at all — but had decided to argue anyway."

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