Sadly, author Ned Vizzini’s story doesn’t have a happy ending. The best-selling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story has committed suicide, reports Us Weekly. He died in New York yesterday (December 19) at age 32. He leaves behind a wife and son.
Ned’s 2006 semi-autobiographical novel followed the struggles of a high school student who is admitted into a mental hospital after he attempts suicide. It was later adapted into a 2010 movie starring Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis.
The Brooklyn native also wrote Teen Angst? Naah, Be More Chill, and The Other Normals, the latter of which was published just last year. He first began writing while still a teenager; Teen Angst? Naah is a collection of his early work published in the likes of the New York Times Magazine.
Most recently he collaborated with director Chris Columbus on the House of Secrets book series and with TV maverick J.J. Abrams for the upcoming NBC series Believe.
He also wrote scripts for ABC’s Last Resort with the show’s Shawn Ryan addressing Ned’s death on Twitter last night: “Devastated to report that Last Resort (and many other things) writer @ned_vizzini has passed away. He had a way of making me smile.”
Ned’s fellow Teen Wolf writer Nick Antosca also tweeted — “RIP my best friend Ned Vizzini, who died yesterday in Brooklyn. I loved him. The loss is inexpressible.” — while another of Ned’s friends, senior editor at Vulture.com Kyle Buchanan, shared his reaction to the sad news in a personal essay, calling his fellow writer “one of the most enthusiastic, vibrant people I knew.”
Our thoughts are with Ned’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.