Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author, has died at the age of 32. Thursday December 19, 2013 Vizzini took his own life, NY Times reports.
Vizzini is known for his young-adult books It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Other Normals, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Writer for MTV's Teen Wolf and currently writing for NBC's Believe, coming in March 2014.
Ned Vizzini writes on WebCite.com, "It's Kind of a Funny Story is my third book. It's the story of Craig Gilner, a kid in high school who gets freaked out, wants to kill himself, and checks into the psych hospital. The book details the week he spends there and how he gets his life... well, not together. But alive. It's based, not too loosely, on my own experience on the good ol' adult psychiatric floor of Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, which I entered when I wanted to kill myself in November 2004. Yay! I've managed to stay out since then, although I've wanted to go back many a time."
In 2010, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” was made into a film starring Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts, with Keir Gilchrist as Craig.
Recent posts by fans on his Facebook show that his story touched the lives of many and his voice will be greatly missed.
I'm still sad. This man saved my life.
I am the mother of two girls who have suffered from and have been hospitalized for clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. Ned Vizzini help fill in the blanks. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
When I first read your book It's Kind of a Funny Story, I can't tell you how much I loved it. I felt connected with it, like I could actually relate to it. All the elements of love, mentality, pain, joy, and healing shaped up into one hell of a book that truly opened my eyes up. What placed you as number one on my list was when I found out about Teen Angst Naah. I found out you were a Stuyvesant student just like I am right now, and every word you said in that book was just all too true, even thirteen years into the future. I don't know how to express my sorrow properly. Even if I couldn't meet you in this life, I hope I can meet you in any other life if there are any. Thank you for helping me love to read.
Dear Mr. Ned Vizzini,
I wish I could tell you how thankful I am that you were a part of this world. Your book, It's Kind of a Funny Story, saved me from myself, especially during my tough years. When I had no one else to relate, Craig was there. Just like him, I've felt lonely and helpless. Just like him, I've met crazy inspirational people from the most unexpected places. Just like him, I was able to come out of a dark place and cope with hard things.
Whenever I feel just a little bit too sad, a little bit too yielding, I pick up your book and I read. And I laugh. And I cry. I feel.
Because of your story, I am here today. I am able to hug my family. I am able to laugh along with my friends. I am able to live.
Thank you so much. I will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace.
So very, very sorry to hear of Ned's passing. His book "It's Kind of a Funny Story" & the movie based on the book, both, helped and inspired my children. Loving thoughts and prayers for your family and friends.
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