Heartbreaking and Heartwarming: Two Tales of Loss Strike a Chord with Readers

Two tragic stories got the attention of PEOPLE.com readers this week – one freshly painful, the other beautiful in its meditation on love and loss.

The suicide of young-adult novelist Ned Vizzini prompted an outpouring of grief from readers, many of whom admired him for having fearlessly tackled the subject of depression in his work.

The best-loved story of the week was heartbreaking, too, but bittersweet – about the father who recreated his wedding photos with his daughter as a tribute to his late wife.

Ned Vizzini Commits Suicide

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.