Charlie Noxon, a junior in Columbia College, has died following a ski accident that occurred on New Year’s Eve, according to law enforcement officials and media reports. He was 20 years old.
Noxon, who lived in Los Angeles, was pronounced dead following an accident on a trail in Park City, Utah, where he was vacationing with his father and two siblings, according to a statement from Park City Mountain resort spokeswoman Margo Van Ness.
While Van Ness declined to comment on the nature of the accident, the cause of death is currently under investigation by the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
While at Columbia, Noxon was an associate editorial page editor at Spectator in 2018, recruiting authors and collaborating with them to edit and publish their pieces, including the largely popular column “A Girl and Her Juul.” Noxon also contributed to the opinion page himself, writing on the urgency of undergraduate political engagement and voting from students’ home addresses.
He studied philosophy, economics, and Chinese, according to a statement from his parents.
Noxon’s mother, Jenji Kohan, CC ’91 and creator of “Orange Is the New Black,” posted on her Instagram account earlier this year about her son’s move into his University dorm at the start of his junior year.
“And now Charlie is in his dorm. Two moves, two universities, one weekend,” she wrote, referring to the move of two of her children.
His father, writer and journalist Christopher Noxon, described his son as “brilliant, kind, funny, sensitive, and loving” in an interview with CNN.
“He was keenly interested in and deeply curious about the world around him from the time he was a small child,” he said.
“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.” his parents said in a statement released by Dean of Columbia College James Valentini.
A service will be held in his memory on Jan. 5 in Temple Israel of Hollywood with Rabbi Sharon Brous.
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