Jenji Kohan
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Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and her ex-husband, journalist Christopher Noxon, say they are “shattered” by the death of their son, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon, from a New Year’s Eve skiing accident in Utah.

“Our hearts are shattered. Our dear boy Charlie Noxon died on New Year’s Eve on a ski slope in Park City,” the two said in a statement released Thursday to E! News. “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.”

“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,” the statement continued. “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.”

E! News reports that Charlie Noxon hit a sign while trying to navigate a fork in the trail on an intermediate ski run. He was airlifted by medical personnel to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Noxon was a junior at Columbia University studying philosophy, economics, and Chinese. He was on holiday in Park City with his father and two siblings when the accident occurred.

Kohan created Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Weeds, which Charlie Noxon appeared in one episode of in 2008. She and Christopher Noxon divorced in 2018 after nearly 21 years of marriage.

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