Author Ned Vizzini dies

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  • Monday, 23 Dec 2013

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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