OBITUARY

Ned P. Vizzini

Published in the Los Angeles Times by David Colker and Carolyn Kellogg December 20, 2013/9:50pm.

Author and television writer Ned Vizzini, who achieved fame at a young age but also wrote openly about his struggles with depression, took his own life Thursday in Brooklyn, said a spokeswoman for the chief medical examiner of New York. He was 32. His brother, Daniel, said he jumped from the roof of his parents' home, according to an Associated Press report. Vizzini's comic and autobiographical writing, while still a high school student in New York, drew critical acclaim. More recently he lived in Los Angeles where he wrote for television shows including MTV's "Teen Wolf," and he was working as executive story editor on the upcoming NBC science fiction series "Believe," created by director Alfonso Cuaron, with J.J. Abrams as an executive producer. Vizzini was also collaboration with writer and director Chris Columbus on the "House of Secrets" fantasy series of books. "He was the perfect collaborator, with a brilliant imagination and a sharp sense of humor," Columbus said in an email Friday. "I've spent nearly every day over the past two years working closely with him, and I can't fathom a world without him." Ned Vizzini was born on April 4, 1981 in New York. In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife, Sabra, and their son. Vizzini was still a teenager when he drew the attention of New York literary circles. At 15 he began writing humorous essays about high school life for the New York Press, and alternative weekly. That led to an invitation, at 17, to write for the New York Times Magazine. His piece for that publication, "Teen Angst? Naaah...,"also appeared in a collection of his essays published when he was 19. But his early successes were little comfort. Shortly after his 2004 novel, "Be More Chill," was published to positive reviews and nationwide exposure - including an appearance on the "Today" show - Vizzini checked himself in to a psychiatric ward at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. "Everybody thinks that after you make it as an author, you're set for life," he said in a 2006 interview with the Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch. "But I had plenty of concerns about what I was going to do with the rest of my life." "And there's always pressure to do the next thing and to always be better." Vizzini spun his hospital experience into his next novel, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2006), much of which takes place in a psychiatric ward. The main character is an overachieving 15-year-old who fumbles an attempt at suicide. On his website, Vizzini said the book was "85% based on my real life." It also got great notices, including in the Los Angeles Times, where Susan Carpenter said that the author's "sense of pacing, structure and character is solid, and his casual vernacular is dead-on, simultaneously capturing the paranoia and self-obsessed negativity of depression." "It's Kind of a Funny Story" was made into a 2010 movie featuring Zach Galifianakis. Vizzini spoke at colleges and other venues about his depression, urging people to recognize signs of the disease as they went about their hectic lives. "There are so few things that can really kill you in this world," he told students at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Canada, in a video posted on his site. "But one of the things that can is stress." Bestselling author Margaret Stohl, who co-wrote the "Beautiful Creatures" series of novels, said Vizzini's openness about his life was important to her and her daughter, who also battled depression. "What I admire about Ned is that he never backed away from the conversation," Stohl said Friday. "For a guy with 'big feelings,' it might have been the easier thing to do. "But Ned Vizzini showed up when no one else did."

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  • Visitation Sunday, December 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 23, 2013

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  • Funeral home, valet service
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Ned P. Vizzini

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June

October 17, 2017

I probably wouldn't be alive if I hadn't read "It's Kind of a Funny Story". I was hoping to meet you one day to thank you for indirectly saving me, but perhaps in another life. I hope you found your peace, you will be so dearly missed.

Rossy

April 5, 2017

March 24, 2017
My Sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Ned Vizzini for your loss. May you look forward to the future, as it is filled with hope from God, that one day those who have fallen asleep in death, will hear his voice and rise up. John 5:25 -

Jazzy

May 15, 2016

You're always with me, Ned. You are a great inspiration and a kind soul. I hope you found solace in the end.

molly doveston

February 14, 2016

Thinking of you often, and missing you always. Rest well, ned.

Curtis Jackson

January 19, 2016

Mr. Vizzini's death was an impact upon me; I read of it in the New York Times and Long Island Newsday. Soon in 2013, I wrote a blog post focusing on suicide and giving a note to his passing.
The blog site was deleted online. But the cartoons (from that blog site) I drew about suicide were saved and later published in my first book, 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought Motivating Cartoons.
One of the key qualities I appreciate about Ned with his books he was reaching out to help others. He also was conveying an understanding that the helpers need assistance also and be seeking the support of others.
It is not a healthy decision to end one's life. Mr. Vizzini's death should not be in vain in aiding us to pay attention to ourselves in maintaining favorable mental, emotional health. All of us need to love and to be recipients of continus loving beyond the extent of suicide prevention.
I wish to convey my sorrow to Ned's family, friends and close associates and to his readers for their immense loss. I look forward for them and myself of enjoying a future with no sorrow and pain and outcries, thank you for reading here my expressions.

Sincerely,

Curtis W. Jackson

Olivia Anne

October 22, 2015

His book changed my life. Wish there was a grave or memorial to visit.

Helia Miller

June 12, 2015

Thanks ned for writing a book that helped me get through my tough times, I'm sorry you couldn't get through yours

Mia Evans

December 11, 2014

Ned Vizzini was a very inspirational man and I looked up to him greatly. Having been suicidal in my early teen years and depressed in more recent years, I have connected to his writings greatly. The first time I read "Its Kind of a Funny Story" it gave me hope for the future. It saddens me deeply that he took his own life, especially after he has saved so many. I remember when I saw the article of his death the day after, I kept to myself and cried. Ned was a beautiful man who has impacted my life in many ways and I hope that his soul is at peace wherever it may be.

April 28, 2014

Until you meet again God be with you

Brittany G

April 18, 2014

I didn't know this happened. I'm very sorry for the families loss. Ned was so different in his writings from any other author. I loved this man, and felt as if I could connect with him in all of his books. I wish he was still here to continue to give the world something special with his words. You are very much missed.