"Today, I lost a friend," Poehler said. "I lost a dear young man in my life, who was struggling with addiction and who died. Just a few hours before we came. [...] I'm sharing it with you because life and death live so close together and we walk that fine line every day. At the end of the day when things happen in our lives we turn to the people that we love and we look to our family and our community for support and we lean on people in a hope that they will ease our pain."
Wittels had gone to rehab twice for drug addiction. He memorably talked about it during an episode of the Nerdist podcast "You Made It Weird."