The writer’s brother, Daniel Vizzini, confirmed the death followed a fall off their parents’ apartment building in Brooklyn, and the city’s medical examiner concluded that Vizzini had died from injuries consistent with a fall (as reported by ABC News). Vizzini’s family said that the young man had struggled with depression and mental illness throughout much of his life.
Although a resident of Los Angeles over the past few years, Vizzini grew up in New York City. His struggle with depression in the midst of early success (he wrote a column for the New York Times as a teen) eventually provided much of the material in Vizzini’s first novel, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Published in 2006 and telling of a high-school student who considers suicide (and then ends up in a psychiatric ward), “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” was adapted as a film in 2010. It starred Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianiakis, Emma Roberts and Viola Davis.
Two more novels, “Be More Chill” and “The Other Normals,” followed, along with the beginning of a young-adult fantasy series, “House of Secrets.” A writer for TV series like “Teen Wolf” (he’s the credited writer of Season 2’s “Restraint” and “Venomous”) and “Last Resort” (he wrote the “Nuke It Out” episode), Vizzini was most recently attached to “Believe,” a series from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. It is expected to premiere at midseason on NBC.
Vizzini is survived by a wife and son in addition to other family members.