Ned Vizzini, TV Writer and Author, Dies at 32

Its kind of a Funny Story

'It's Kind of a Funny Story' movie based on scribe's book

Writer Ned Vizzini, whose novel about teenage depression was adapted into the Zach Galifianakis film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” died Thursday in New York. The New York city medical examiner said he committed suicide.

Vizzini’s book “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” published in 2006, was a semi-autobiographic story of a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital after a suicide attempt, and became a 2010 movie (pictured).

He was working on NBC’s J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron show “Believe,” due in March, and had also written for “The Last Resort” and “Teen Wolf.”

His other books included young adult novels “Be More Chill” and “The Other Normals”; essay collection “Teen Angst? Naah” and middle-grade series “House of Secrets,” co-written with director Chris Columbus.

Raised in New York, he attended Hunter College and while still a teenager, began writing for publications including the New York Times, New York Press and the New Yorker.

He is survived by his wife, Sabra, and a son.

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  1. Reblogged this on Keith R. Higgons and commented:
    Sad. Very sad.

  2. John Shea says:

    I greatly enjoyed ‘HOUSE OF SECRETS’ and am very said to hear of Ned Vizzini’s death.

  3. Gary says:

    The price of Its a kind of funny story audio book has shot up to £19 from £15.49. Just wrote to amazon & I should be getting this for the original price. Please let amazon know about this.

  4. thenokiaway says:

    Depression is a silent killer. Anyone that reads this and feels the same way should seek help. You can’t cure yourself.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    So talented. Why? He was working, wife and a kid. Strange. I know he must have thought he had his reasons. But still…

    • Jeff says:

      Unfortunately we rarely see what’s really happening in someone’s life. He was talented and I’m sure the world will be a poorer place without his gifts.

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