Jenji Kohan suffered a mother’s worst nightmare on New Year’s Eve.
The “Orange Is the New Black” creator’s son, 20, died on Tuesday in a skiing accident. Charlie Noxon was in Park City, Utah for the holidays, with his father and two siblings, according to TMZ.
Noxon reportedly suffered a fall. He is said to have been airlifted by a helicopter to a hospital but was later pronounced dead. Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright confirmed to People that a 20-year-old man was killed at the Park City Mountain Resort.
Kohan and her ex-husband, Christopher Noxon, released a joint-statement expressing how “our hearts are shattered.”
“The cliches about moments like this are true, it turns out,” they said, via E! News. “The one about life forever changing in a split second, about the fact that we are all bound up in a web of love and loss, about the primacy of community in times of unfathomable tragedy.”
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He was my best work. A list of adjectives don’t do him justice. There is no justice. I am the luckiest person who ever lived in that I got to spend so much time and help grow this brilliant, funny, truly kind and thoughtful person-man-boy. My baby. My golden child. My beautiful boy. I don’t understand what life is now without him in the world. I don’t understand where he’s gone. And I’m broken. How is this real?
Kohan paid tribute to her son on Friday morning: “He was my best work. A list of adjectives don’t do him justice. There is no justice.”
Kohan and journalist Noxon were married for 21 years before ending their marriage in 2018.