Harris Wittels, ‘Parks and Recreation’ executive producer, dies

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Harris Wittels is shown at the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on Jan. 13, 2012. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

(CNN) — Harris Wittels, a comedian and executive producer of the NBC show “Parks and Recreation,” has died of a possible overdose, police said Thursday.

He was 30, according to the entertainment industry website IMDb.com.

Wittels was found at his home by his assistant, and police believe he may have died from an overdose, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Nuria Venegas told CNN. The coroner’s office will be conducting an autopsy.

Wittels produced, wrote and occasionally appeared in episodes of “Parks and Recreation,” a comedy about local officials in an Indiana town. The series finale of the show, which stars Amy Poehler, airs next week.

He was also a comic force on Twitter, where he is widely credited with coining the popular term “humblebrag.”

Fellow comedians paid tribute to him on social media, including Sarah Silverman, whose show he worked on previously.

“He was my baby,” she said in one Tweet.

Billy Eichner, who appears on “Parks and Recreation,” described Wittels as “an incredibly funny person who has left us way too soon.”

By Jethro Mullen and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN

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