iHorror is devastated to report that writer, producer, and musician John Lafia has died by suicide. He was 63 years old.
Lafia began his film career writing and directing The Blue Iguana, an action film starring Dylan McDermott, but horror audiences may know him best as co-creator the Child’s Play franchise. Lafia worked with Tom Holland an Don Mancini to craft the script for the first film and would return to direct Child’s Play 2 just two years later.
Mancini released a statement via Lafia’s family saying:
“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. 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.”
Lafia would later write and direct Man’s Best Friend as well as directing episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares and the live action video game Corpse Killer.
He had been a member of the underground music scene in Los Angeles and returned to composing and songwriter later in life.
According to Variety, Lafia is survived by two children and his former wife.
iHorror sends our condolences to all of John Lafia’s friends and family.
If you or someone you know is having or expressing suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.