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Wittels established himself in shows such as Parks & Recreation and Master of None – before dying at just 30. Those who knew him best tell his story
Harris Wittels was always lucky. He was the boy who would lose his wallet in Boston, only for it to be returned by post, with cash and everything, to his parents’ place in Texas; the guy who would leave his mobile in a New York taxi, only for the driver to track him down to return it. So it felt inevitable to those who knew him that when he turned up in Los Angeles as a 21-year-old wanting to make it in comedy, he was, almost immediately, hired by some of the most beloved TV shows of the time.
“He just seemed to be one of those golden boys that everything went right for,” says comedian Scott Aukerman, who put Wittels on his influential La-based podcast, »
- Hadley Freeman
Harris Wittels, the dazzlingly gifted comedian and Parks and Recreation co-executive producer, was just 30 when he fatally overdosed on heroin in February 2015. No one was hit harder by his death than his big sister, Stephanie Wittels Wachs.
"We were extremely, extremely close," says Wachs, 36. "I didn't know how to do life anymore like I had done it for 35 years."
After working through a period of profound grief, Wachs had what she calls "a 'wake-up' thing. I couldn't spend one more day doing something that I don't want to do."
She had been in her job for »
- Seth Abramovitch
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