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John Lafia Dies, Child's Play Co-Writer and Chucky Co-Creator Was 63

John Lafia Dies, Child's Play Co-Writer and Chucky Co-Creator Was 63

Very sad news is coming in today for us to pass along as writer and filmmaker John Lafia has reportedly committed suicide at 63 years old. Known to horror fans for co-writing the very first Child's Play movie and directing the fan favorite sequel Child's Play 2, Lafia is credited as the person to coin the name Chucky for the movie's famous killer doll as well as coming up with the famous phrase, "Hi, I'm Chucky, wanna play?" The details of his reported suicide are not clear at this time, though the news was confirmed by Child's Play co-writer Don Mancini in a statement released by Lafia's family.

"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," Mancini writes, also crediting the Lafia-helmed Child's Play 2 as the "consensus favorite film" among fans of the franchise.

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