Published: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 1:30:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 3:13:16 PM

Author Ned Vizzini dies

Ned Vizzini is said to have committed suicide. He was only 32.

Ned Vizzini is said to have committed suicide. He was only 32.

The young adult fiction writer was known for his novel, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story.

Best-selling young adult fiction writer Ned Vizzini, whose 2006 semi-autobiographical novel It’s Kind Of A Funny Story won plaudits for its portrayal of teenage depression and was adapted as a Hollywood film, has died at age 32.

New York City medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said last weekend that Vizzini had committed suicide and that his injuries were consistent with a fall from some height.

Vizzini authored four young adult novels about late bloomers and unpopular teens, including Be More Chill and The Other Normals as well as a collection of essays titled Teen Angst? Naaah ... A Quasi-Autobiography.

“I was totally blown away by his writing,” Vizzini’s editor Alessandra Balzer of HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray said in a statement posted on Facebook. “It just dazzled with wit and intelligence and warmth – his was the most authentic and daring teen boy voice I’d ever read.”

One of Vizzini's popular books.

Balzer added: “Ned loved to write about nerdy outsiders who were finding their way to manhood, and he did it better than anyone.” It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, about a teenage boy who suffers from depression and thoughts of suicide, was adapted into a 2010 film starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts.

Earlier this year, Vizzini co-authored a children’s fantasy novel titled House Of Secrets with Home Alone film director Chris Columbus that was intended to be the first in a series. Vizzini, who grew up in New York City, also served as a writer of the short-lived ABC military drama Last Resort and MTV’s supernatural drama Teen Wolf. He was currently working as a writer for NBC’s upcoming science fiction series Believe, which was created by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and produced by Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. — Reuters

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