Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan's son Charlie Noxon dies in tragic skiing accident

Kohan and Noxon's father called his death an 'unfathomable tragedy'

Jenji Kohan paid tribute to her son who died in a tragic skiing accident
Jenji Kohan paid tribute to her son who died in a tragic skiing accident

Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange is the New Black, has paid tribute to her son who died in a skiing accident.

Charlie Noxon was on holiday with his father and two siblings when he crashed into a sign while skiing at Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort on New Year’s Eve. He was 20.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Noxon was alone when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead while being airlifted by emergency services to a nearby hospital.

Kohan and Noxon’s father, Christopher – who divorced last year – remembered their son as “questioning, irreverent, curious and kind” and called his death an “unfathomable tragedy”.

They released a statement through Utah’s Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which read: “Our hearts are shattered. Our dear boy Charlie Noxon died on New Year’s Eve on a ski slope in Park City.

“The cliches about moments like this are true, it turns out. 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.

“Charlie was 20-years-old and a junior at Columbia. He studied philosophy and economics and Chinese. He loved Bob Dylan, George Saunders and Hayao Miyazaki. He was questioning, irreverent, curious and kind.

“There are no words. But words are what we’ve got right now, along with tears and hugs and massive quantities of baked goods and deli platters.

“He was absolutely adored by his parents, Jenji Kohan and Christopher Noxon, and his siblings, Eliza and Oscar.

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“Charlie had a beautiful life of study and argument and travel and food and razzing and adventure and sweetness and most of all love. We cannot conceive of life without him.”

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