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by Paula Bernstein
December 20, 2013 1:07 PM
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Ned Vizzini, Author of 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' and TV Writer, Has Died at 32

Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini credit: Sabra Embury

Bestselling author, television writer and essayist Ned Vizzini died Thursday, The Los Angeles Times reports. The cause of death was suicide.

Vizzini was the author of young-adult books "It's Kind of a Funny Story, "The Other Normals," "Be More Chill" and "Teen Angst? Naah..." He also wrote for MTV's "Teen Wolf," the ABC drama series, "Last Resort" and, most recently, for NBC's "Believe," the forthcoming series from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón.

He began writing for The New York Press at age 15, and since then his essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast and other publications. He is the coauthor with Chris Columbus of the fantasy-adventure series "House of Secrets."

Vizzini suffered from depression, and his five-day stay at a hospital's psychiatric ward inspired "It's Kind of a Funny Story," which told the story of a depressed young man who becomes suicidal and checks into a psychiatric hospital. The film version of the book, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifanakis and Emma Roberts, was released in 2010.

He lectured around the world on the topic of mental health.

3 Comments

  • TC Kirkham | December 22, 2013 10:20 AMReply

    "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" won my best picture in 2010 because it seared me to the soul and also made me smile - I knew Craig, and he was me, at various points in my life including when the film came out. When I left the theatre blubbering and with happy tears pouring down my face, I knew that it was going to resonate in my life for years to come and it has. I'm deeply sorry Ned Vizzini couldn't overcome those desperate demons in his real life in the long run, as Craig managed to do in the film - he was a gifted soul whose wonderful writing will always be sorely missed...

  • tim | December 21, 2013 2:05 AMReply

    depression is a very dark thing. If you don't have a good support system(family and friends) it can be near impossible to overcome. But you still can overcome it, suicide should never be the answer!

  • Robert Byrd | December 20, 2013 1:52 PMReply

    Very sad. Depression is such an insidious, silent killer. It envelops far too many people, especially younger people, in its darkness. I feel so deeply for this young man.