"Orange Is the New Black" creator and "GLOW" executive producer Jenji Kohan and her family suffered a horrible tragedy on New Year's Eve when her son, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon, died in a skiing accident.
He was on a ski trip in Utah with his father and Kohan's ex-husband. Noxon was reportedly an experienced skier, but hit a sign at a fork in a trail. He was airlifted to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Kohan took to her Instagram account to share a heartbreaking and touching tribute to her son.
"He was my best work. A list of adjectives don’t do him justice. There is no justice," she wrote. "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?"
Many of her colleagues from the industry commented with their support.
Halson fashion director Cameron Silver wrote, "Dear Jenji, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry. All my love, Cameron."
"GLOW" star Alison Brie said, "Oh Jenji, i am so deeply sorry for your loss. Sending all my love to you and your family."
"Dear Jenji, I cannot imagine your and your family's pain right now," another "GLOW" star, actress Sunita Mani, wrote. "My heart is with you and yours. I'm so sorry. Sending love and thoughts."
Kohan and Noxon's father, Christopher, released a joint statement following the tragedy.
"Our hearts are shattered," Kohan and Noxon said. "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," the statement continued. "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."