TV Writer and Novelist, Known for Teen Books and Work on MTV Series, Commits Suicide

Dec 23, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A television writer and novelist whose work reaches a young-adult audience is dead at 32 after an apparent suicide. The New York Times reports that Ned Vizzini, known for the 2006 novel "It’s Kind of a Funny Story" and for writing for the MTV drama series "Teen Wolf," among other TV shows, died Thursday in Brooklyn.

"He took his own life, according to his father, James," the story reports. "The New York City chief medical examiner’s office said he suffered blunt impact injuries. The writer’s brother, Daniel, told reporters that Mr. Vizzini had jumped off the roof of the building where their parents live."

Vizzini had written about struggling with depression, and his best-known novel, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” was based on five days he spent in a psychiatric ward. The book was reportedly named by NPR as No. 56 on its list of the "100 Best-Ever Teen Novels" of all time.

In 2004 he published “Be More Chill,” about a teen who gains confidence after swallowing a pill-sized supercomputer, the story notes. Even though he was excited about a contract to write two additional books, he soon fell into depression.

In 2012, he published “The Other Normals,” and this year he published “House of Secrets,” the first in a trilogy of young adult fantasy books he had written with movie director Chris Columbus.

Besides writing two 2012 episodes of MTV’s supernatural series “Teen Wolf,” Vizzini wrote for other TV series including “Last Resort” and “Believe,” the story notes.

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