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The comedy community is still reeling from the shocking loss of writer, producer, and performer Harris Wittels, who died of a suspected drug overdose last week at the age of 30. Now Wittels, who was an executive producer on departing NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," is set to receive a tribute from his former co-workers.

Deadline reports that this week's series finale of the beloved show will include a nod to Wittels, who also acted on the show in a recurring role as an animal control officer. "The hourlong 'Parks & Rec' series finale will end with a We Love You, Harris message from the cast and crew of the show," Deadline said.

No other details about the tribute were provided.

Wittels's sudden passing prompted a huge response from friends, fans, and collaborators, including "Parks" star Aziz Ansari, who considered Wittels one of his best friends. In a lengthy personal essay on his blog, Ansari wrote that he was "devastated" by the loss of Wittels, sharing numerous anecdotes about times when the late comedian made him laugh. "You were one of the best and we all will miss you," Ansari wrote.

The "Parks and Recreation" series finale will air on NBC on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

[via: Deadline, Aziz Ansari]

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