October 31, 2014

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Ned Vizzini, 'It'Âs Kind Of A Funny Story'Â Author, Dies At 32 In Apparent Suicide

Ned Vizzini, 'It'™s Kind Of A Funny Story'™ Author, Dies At 32 In Apparent Suicide


Young adult author Ned Vizzini died on Thursday, commiting suicide at his New York home. He was 32.

Ned Vizzini Suicude

Vizzini, who received considerable praise for his writing, often tackled the themes of depression and anxiety in teens from his own experience. His brother Daniel Vizzini told reporters that the author jumped off the roof of his parents’ apartment building in Brooklyn and suffered blunt impact injuries.

Vizzini is perhaps best known for It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which was published in 2006 and turned into a movie in 2012. It was more or less based on his experience in a Brooklyn hospital psychiatric ward in 2004.

In 2004, Vizzini’s debut novel Be More Chill hit the shelves and received favorable notices from critics. Based off the success of the novel, Vizzini received a contract to write two more books, which he struggled to complete. His frustration drove him to contemplate suicide and landed him at the New York Methodist Hospital.

Vizzini first broke out onto the writing scene at the age of 15, penning an article in the New York Press. He later published an essay called “Teen Angst? Nah!” in The Times Magazine. The essay title became the title of a collection of short stories he released while attending Hunter College.

At the time of his death, Vizzini was working on a fantasy trilogy with Harry Potter and Gravity director House of Secrets. He is survived by his wife, Sabra Embury; his son, Felix; his mother, Emma; his sister, Eleanora, brother Daniel.

– Chelsea Regan

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