Amy Poehler Remembers Deceased Parks And Recreation Producer & Friend Harris Wittels With Bittersweet Speech

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This completely breaks our hearts!

As we reported on Thursday, Parks And Recreation co-executive producer and comedian Harris Wittels, 30, was found dead in his home in what officials believe may be an overdose.

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On that same night, Amy Poehler — star of the hit sitcom — was given the Unity Award at Variety‘s second annual unite4humanity event for her work with Worldwide Orphans and underprivileged children.

However, the 43-year-old took time in her speech to remember her colleague and friend.

She said:

“Today, I lost a friend├óΓé¼┬ª I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction.”

The Saturday Night Live alum didn’t want to purposely dampen the mood, however, she felt it was important to bring to light how fleeting life can be:

“I’m sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday├óΓé¼┬ª When things happen in our lives, we turn to the people that we love├óΓé¼┬ªand we lean on people, in a hope that we will ease our pain.”

Known for being one of the most prominent comedic actresses working today, Will Arnett‘s ex was in no laughing mood:

“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 ├óΓé¼╦£Hollywood’├óΓé¼┬ª It’s very strange.”‘

We echo Amy’s sentiments and we offer our thoughts and prayers to Harris’ friends and family.

[Image via WENN.]

Feb 20, 2015 9:58am PDT

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