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Ned Vizzini Commits Suicide

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Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has committed suicide.

His brother, Daniel Vizzini, says Ned Vizzini jumped off the roof of his parents’ home in Brooklyn on Thursday. New York City’s medical examiner’s office confirmed Friday that Vizzini took his own life.

The author, whose autobiographical novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story was adapted into a feature film of the same name, was 32.

Published in 2006, the book tells of a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital. In recent years, Vizzini was collaborating with filmmaker Chris Columbus on a series of young adult novels. He also was working on the NBC series Believe, a project co-created by J.J. Abrams.