Ned Vizzini, 32 who went on to rise to critical acclaim after authoring a book about depression went on to commit suicide this past Thursday in NYC.
His book, ‘It’s Kind of a Funny story,’ would go on to become a cult favorite after it went on to be made into a movie in 2010. The film starred Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts.
The book said to be a memoir would go on to win the Young Adult book award by the American Library Association in 2007.
The film would go on to reiterate the chronicles of Ned Vizzini after he went into a whirlwind of depression, suicidal thoughts and ensuing trips to a psychiatric hospital.
When questioned about what led him to write his book, he confided about his life long struggles with depression.
Told the author in a 2006 interview with the nyt’s: ‘The first and most important step I took happened a week after I left the psych hospital, when I realized, while looking over my receipts of all things, that suicide was not an option,’
‘I had wasted so much time thinking about it and mulling over its intricacies and artistic seductiveness; starting right then and there I crossed it out as an option. From then on it was a hard road — even though I didn’t want to kill myself, I didn’t really want to live either and I withdrew into oversleeping and under-eating.’
Ironically the success of the author’s third book would lead to Vizzini being invited to collaborate on television shows like MTV’s Teen Wolf, ABC’s The Last Resort and harness his acclaim as an author. An auspicious ratification for any author and as many have gone on to wonder on the web, the impetus to get over his bouts of depression.
At the time of his death, the author was working with J.J. Abrams and Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron.
Told Alfonso Cuaron in a statement:
‘We are incredibly saddened at the loss of our dear friend and colleague Ned Vizzini. On behalf of everyone in the Believe family, we offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt best wishes to his friends and family, especially his wife and son, at this most challenging of times.’
Vizzini was married to fellow writer Sabra Embury and the couple has a two year old son
‘He was also incredibly kind and he adored his family and friends,’ his publisher Alessandra Balzer said in a statement.
‘At his signings, countless kids would approach him to say that he changed their lives — he gave them hope.’
Ned Vizzini’s suicide goes on to underscore the prevalent nature of depression and to challenge society as to the nature of this form of mental illness…