There’s very sad news from the world of literature this week, as author, journalist, and TV writer Ned Vizzini has died at the age of 32. The cause of death was reportedly suicide. Writer friends of mine who knew Vizzini were talking about his death on social media Thursday night, and the news was reported by the Los Angeles Times Friday.
Vizzini, a Brooklyn native, got his start in writing in journalism at an early age, contributing to New York alt-weekly New York Press when he was just 15 years old. For several years Vizzini wrote a weekly column that ran along with the paper’s listings page, which is where I first encountered his work.
He later branched into books, becoming a published author at age 19, and his published novels included “Be More Chill,” “The Other Normals” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” That last one, a fictionalized telling of Vizzini’s stint in a hospital psych word in his teens, was made intoa 2010 movie that starred Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts.
Vizzini later moved into a career in television writing, working on the MTV Teen Wolf remake and later the Shawn Ryan-created drama Last Resort.
Vizzini leaves behind a wife and young son.