New York City medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer on
Friday said that Vizzini had committed suicide and that his
injuries were consistent with a fall from some height.
Vizzini authored four young adult novels about late bloomers and
unpopular teens, including "Be More Chill" and "The Other
Normals" as well as a collection of essays titled "Teen Angst?
"I was totally blown away by his writing," Vizzini's editor
Alessandra Balzer of HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray said in
a statement posted on Facebook. "It just dazzled with wit and
intelligence and warmth — his was the most authentic and daring
teen boy voice I'd ever read."
Balzer added: "Ned loved to write about nerdy outsiders who were
finding their way to manhood, and he did it better than anyone."
"It's Kind of a Funny Story," about a teenage boy who suffers
from depression and thoughts of suicide, was adapted into a 2010
film starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma
Earlier this year, Vizzini co-authored a children's fantasy
novel titled "House of Secrets" with "Home Alone" film director
Chris Columbus that was intended to be the first in a series.
Vizzini, who grew up in New York City, also served as a writer
of the short-lived ABC military drama "Last Resort" and MTV's
supernatural drama "Teen Wolf."
He was currently working as a writer for NBC's upcoming science
fiction series "Believe," which was created by "Gravity"
director Alfonso Cuaron and produced by "Star Trek" director J.J.
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