'Child's Play' co-screenwriter John Lafia commits suicide

Child's Play screenwriter John Lafia and co-writer/director of its sequel died April 29 in Los Angeles at the age of 63 according to Variety. Lafia teamed with Tom Holland and Don Mancini on the classic horror screenplay, giving the murderous doll Chucky his name and the famous line, "Hi, I'm Chucky, wanna play?"

The film would go on to spawn a successful franchise and topped the box office upon its release. The original won a Saturn award for best horror film and was remade in 2019, featuring a writing credit for Lafia.

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, Lafia's cause of death was the result of suicide, leaving behind his children, Tess and Kane, and former wife Beverly. Child's Play creator and fellow screenwriter Don Mancini shared some words in a statement released by the family.

"We’re devastated to hear of the passing of our friend John Lafia. He was a crucial part of the 'Chucky' family from the very beginning. He co-wrote the original Child’s Play script along with director Tom Holland and myself, and John directed Child’s Play 2, — the consensus favorite film among 'Chucky' fans," Mancini wrote. "John was an incredibly generous artist. He let me tag along with him to every meeting, and shadow him on set; he taught me more about filmmaking during the production of that movie than several semesters in film school. John was also one of the most naturally curious and constantly creative people I ever met, someone who was always taking pictures, and jotting down ideas."

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