Ned Vizzini, an award-winning young adult novelist and television writer, died yesterday. He was 32. He was a guest on the Gweek podcast twice (episodes 069 and 094) and Carla and I had a memorable 16-course dinner with Ned and his wife Sabra a couple of months ago here in LA.

Ned was working a fantasy book series with Harry Potter director Chris Columbus, and writing for J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón's Believe television series, which is premiering this March.

In his books and lectures Ned spoke frankly about his struggle with depression. His openness and insight into depression helped a great many people who also have the same condition.

Every time I spoke with Ned, he was warm, funny, and enthusiastic. My heart goes out to Sabra, and their young son. Ned will be missed.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” writer Ned Vizzini dead at 32