The Parks and Recreation producer, Harris Wittels, who had struggled with addiction was found in his home with drug paraphernalia nearby.

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has paid tribute to the Harris Wittels, the show’s 30-year-old executive producer who died yesterday of a suspected drugs overdose.

Miss Poehler, who plays deputy parks and recreation director Leslie Knope in the hit NBC show, said she had lost ‘a dear young friend.’

The body of Harris Wittels was discovered by his assistant at his home in Los Angeles at around noon. Police sources said he was on the couch, and there was drug paraphernalia nearby.

Speaking at Variety magazine’s unite4humanity event, Miss Poehler said: ‘Today I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction, 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.”‘

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