Ned Vizzini, who scored a big hit with It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a young adult novel about depression, has died in an apparent suicide at the age of 32.
He jumped off the roof of his parents’ Brooklyn home on Thursday, the AP reports.
Vizzini had struggled with mental illness all his life, his brother Daniel Vizzini said.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is based on his time in a Brooklyn psychiatric ward as a teen. It was later made into a film starring Zach Galifianakis and Keir Gilchrist.
Ned Vizzini traveled the country talking about mental health issues.
“At his signings, countless kids would approach him to say that he changed their lives - he gave them hope,” his longtime publisher, Alessandra Balzer, said.
The troubled Vizzini’s other books include Be More Chill and The Other Normals, both of which also told of young people who feel like outsiders.
He is survived by his wife and their two-year-old son. R.I.P.