Young adult author and film and TV writer Ned Vizzini died at 32 in New York on Dec. 19. His brother, Daniel Vizzini, told that Ned Vizzini jumped off the roof of his parents’ home in Brooklyn.
Vizzini suffered from depression spending time in a psychiatric ward in his early 20s, and authoring several works about the illness.
He wrote openly about his struggles with depression and spoke about it with student groups. He grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. Vizzini’s characters and situations are said to be based upon his time spent at Stuyvesant.
The young author won accolades for his book; It’s Kind of a Funny Story, for its portrayal of teenage depression. His other novels included Be More Chill and The Other Normals. His autobiographical novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story was adapted into a feature film of the same name.
Published in 2006, the book tells of a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital. In recent years, Vizzini was collaborating with filmmaker Chris Columbus on a series of young adult novels.
He also was working on the NBC series Believe, a project co-created by J.J. Abrams. His longtime publisher, Alessandra Balzer said that at his signings, countless kids would approach Vizzini to say that he changed their lives and he gave them hope. Vizzini is survived by his wife Sabra Embury and their son, Felix.