Jenji Kohan's Son Charlie Dies in Skiing Accident at Age 20

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He was skiing down an intermediate-level trail at a Park City resort in Utah on New Year's Eve when he died.

The son of prolific television producer Jenji Kohan has died after a skiing accident in Utah, police said Thursday.

Charles “Charlie” Noxon, 20, was on an intermediate-level trail at Park City Mountain resort Tuesday afternoon when he died, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office. Noxon hit a sign while attempting to navigate a fork in the trail, the office confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Park City Mountain Ski Patrol had responded to a ski incident on an intermediate trail near Canyons Village. After further emergency care and evaluation, Noxon was pronounced deceased by Airmed. "Park City Mountain, Park City Mountain Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said Mike Goar, Park City Mountain vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

The accident happened on a trip with family members including his father, writer-journalist Christopher Noxon, police said. 

His mother is known for creating Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and Showtime's Weeds. Noxon appeared on an episode of the latter in 2008.

A native of Los Angeles, Charlie Noxon was a junior at Columbia University, studying philosophy, economics and Chinese, his family said in a statement released by police.

“He was questioning, irreverent, curious and kind,” his parents wrote. “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.”

He is survived by his parents and siblings, Eliza and Oscar. Kohan and Christopher divorced in 2019 after 21 years of marriage. The latter is the brother of TV producer and writer Marti Noxon.

Kohan and Christopher Noxon paid tribute to their son on social media.

Along with a series of photos, Kohan wrote on Instagram, "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?"

Christopher Noxon said, in part, in his post, "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 Hayou Miyazaki and so much else. 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."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I am staying off social media now and for the foreseeable future but I need to share this as I try to stay present for the unimaginable pain and grace of real life: 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 Hayou Miyazaki and so much else. 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. 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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The funeral will be Sunday at the Temple Israel of Hollywood.

The ski resort is located near the home of the Sundance Film Festival, set to begin later this month.

Jan. 3, 10:40 a.m. Updated to include social media posts.