Ned Vizzini: Beloved Author Commits Suicide At Young Age Of 32

Sat, December 21, 2013 11:56am EST by 12 Comments
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So sad. The author of ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ who wrote openly about his struggles with depression, tragically took his own life in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 19. He was just 32 years old.

Ned Vizzini was a renowned novel and television writer, penning books like It’s Kind of a Funny Story and writing for shows like Teen Wolf. But he was also known for writing and speaking openly about depression. He was sadly never able to overcome those struggles, and on Dec. 19 he committed suicide at 32 years old.

Ned Vizzini: Author Commits Suicide At 32

Ned took his own life by jumping off the roof of his parent’s home in Brooklyn, New York, his brother Daniel told the Associated Press. A medical examiner at the scene confirmed that Ned committed suicide.

Ned was a teenage prodigy, gaining acclaim at the age of 15 for his humorous essays for the New York Press. At the age of 17, he was offered a job writing for the New York Times Magazine. A collection of his essays were published when he was 19, and his first novel, Be More Chill, was published to positive reviews in 2004.

His second chapter as a writer manifested itself in the form of TV. He wrote for Teen Wolf and was also working as an executive story editor on the upcoming sci-fi series, Believe, created by Alfonso Cuaron and executive produced by J.J. Abrams. He was also collaborating with director Chris Columbus on the House of Secrets fantasy series of books.

Ned Vizzini’s Struggles With Depression

But Ned’s issues stemming from depression always underlined his work and his persona. He checked himself into a psychiatric ward at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn shortly after Be More Chill was published in 2004. Then after leaving the psych ward — and writing a book based on his experiences called It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which was made into a movie in 2010 — Ned began traveling to colleges and other venues to speak out on depression, urging people to recognize the disease and its warning signs. “There are so few things that can really kill you in this world, but one of those things is stress,” Ned told students at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The fact that Ned is gone, and the circumstance under which he died, is just so sad. But hopefully his message about recognizing and fighting depression has been heard, and many others will be saved because of him.

Our thoughts go out to Ned’s friends and family during this difficult time.

– Andrew Gruttadaro

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Posted at 2:30 AM on July 6, 2014  

I just finished watching the movie and I saw in the credits that this was based on a true story by Ned Vizzini. So I searched his name up and saw this post that he committed suicide. I burst out into tears. At the end of the movie “Craig” (essentially Ned) says to “Live”. I just couldn’t believe the heartbreaking irony because he died..

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Posted at 1:23 AM on February 24, 2014  

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is genuinely one of my favourite books of all time and to hear of this news, no matter how late, has touched me and has made this book feel so much more authentic and real to me. Depression is a disease much like cancer or influenza is and people need to realise this. Much love to his family xx

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Posted at 12:08 AM on December 22, 2013  

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Posted at 11:01 PM on April 26, 2014  

you post this on an article about someone committing suicide? You sick SOB

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Posted at 2:06 PM on December 21, 2013  

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Ederson Maia

Posted at 1:41 PM on December 21, 2013  

A depressão é uma marreta sem cabo, quando menos espera, ela cai sobre a cabeça de pessoas, que acha que o mundo gira em torno de seu umbigo, uma grande mulher porem, pode tirar um homem de uma depressão profunda, ou pode acontecer ao contrário, Ederson Maia conheceu seu grande amor, quando ela estava em depressão profunda ( ele fala de MALU, uma catarinense filha de alemães, que nasceu no sul do Brasil.) hoje Malu é a mulher mais amavel e feliz ao lado do escritor de, “BASTARDO, O NÃO ESPERADO” Ederson Maia jamais se deixou levar por vulumes de mulheres, e muito menos por qualquer outra coisa,que pode esmagar um equilibrio de um homem, a depressão tem remédio sim, esteja com quem verdadeiramente te ama, essa injeção de felicidade, vai escorrer em suas veias, alma e coração. Malu não vive hoje, sem Ederson Maia, e é a mulher que o tem inspirado a escrever obras gigantescas que ganhão o mundo.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 1:20 PM on December 21, 2013  

“Success & Money” came too fast.
He just couldn’t deal with it.

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Posted at 12:08 PM on January 3, 2014  

Learn what the real issue is before you post an ignorant comment like this. You can’t just “deal” with depression, it doesn’t work. If anything “Success and money” helped him get some help so that he fought it for as long as he did. Depression is a serious issue, and people like you make people not want to admit what they have.

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Posted at 9:53 AM on December 20, 2014  

Actually you can deal and live with it. I’ve had depression since I was about 15 years old and I’ve been dealing and living with it for the past 12 years. I was only diagnosed at 15, I’m confident it started sooner. I’m not saying I would ever take my own life, but if I did, I wouldn’t do it at my parents’ home where my own family would have to find me like that. Suicide is so unbelievably selfish. I couldn’t imagine leaving my family, my parents and my little sister, to deal with the grief and guilt that comes with having someone close to you commit suicide.

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