Writer Ned Vizzini has died at 32

Ned Vizzini, right, with Chris Columbus in 2013.
(Sabra Embury)

Writer Ned Vizzini died Thursday at age 32 in New York, the city’s medical examiner has confirmed. Vizzini committed suicide.

Vizzini was a successful young adult author who had found a place in Hollywood. He published his first book, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” in 2006. The semi-autobiographical story about an ambitious high school student whose suicide attempt lands him in a mental hospital was made into the 2010 film featuring Zach Galifianakis.

By that time, Vizzini had moved to Los Angeles from New York. He published three other books -- the science-fiction-inflected novel “Be More Chill,” the essay collection “Teen Angst? Naah,” and 2012’s “The Other Normals,” an alternative fantasy for teens.

His most recent book project was the middle-grade series that began with 2013’s “House of Secrets.” Vizzini co-wrote the book with film director Chris Columbus; a sequel, “House of Secrets: Battle of the Beast” is to be published March 25.


While working on books, Vizzini was also writing for television. He had been working on NBC’s “Believe,” coming in March from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. He was also on the writing staff of “The Last Resort” and he penned scripts for “Teen Wolf.”

Meanwhile, his essays have appeared in The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Vizzini is survived by his wife Sabra and their son.


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