How did Ryan Leone Die? Fans Are Paying Tribute to The Novelist After He Dies At 36

Novelist Ryan Leone passed away aged 36 on Saturday, July 2nd. Tributes for him poured in on social media at the announcement.


People’s Reaction To The Tragic Announcement

His fiance Karina Franco, confirmed the news of his death on Facebook that day.

In the confirmation post, she revealed that she was in a state of shock. She wrote: “I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m in a state of shock. But a lot of you need to know. Ryan, passed away last night. I Feel like my heart and soul have been ripped out. And I’m sorry for posting this. But this is my way of telling you. I don’t have the strength to call people”.

She even went on to quote a Goerge Harrison song ‘My Sweet Lord’ in her anguish-filled post. The lyrics she used to reference his death read that she cannot ‘go on without’ Leone. She said she had tried her best to save him but to no avail.

People filled social media with tributes in honor and memory of Ryan Leone. The news of his passing has devastated Fans and the public alike.

They conveyed their sincere heartfelt emotions hoping and wishing that he is now free from all his pain and suffering. And they reminded everyone that despite the fact that he served time in prison for the wrong reasons, the 36-year-old writer and prison reform activist was still a ‘good guy at heart’.


They also praised the novelist for working towards remaining sober and helping others who wanted to try to do the same in his journey.

Here are some of the tributes fans dedicated to Ryan Leone.

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How did Ryan Leone Die?

On June 29, Ryan Leone shared that he had recently had multiple visits to the hospital in a Facebook post.

The novelist went on to reveal that he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. However, this was an incorrect diagnosis, and the doctors found that Ryan Leone was in fact suffering from something else. Namely “respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.”


The Facebook post read: “I broke my finger. Then, completely unrelated, I went to the hospital twice in a week. First time they told me I had pneumonia. I got a second opinion. No pneumonia. This is respiratory and gastrointestinal issues stemming from being on way too much Methadone 170 mgs!! My stomach becomes so bloasted it feels like some rapid ever-expanding Willy Wonka inflated sanction”.

Ryan Leone’s Life And Legacy

Ryan was Framingham, Massachusetts local who started writing at a very young age. He published his first short story at the age of nine and started working in television in his early twenties. This was also when he started selling heroin.

He quickly became involved with the Mendoza Clan, an infamous drug cartel. This involvement landed him in prison for five years. However, it was during his time spent behind bars that he wrote his first novel. Following his release from prison, two major television shows contacted him and he signed both contracts.


He worked towards being off of drugs and began sharing his experiences to educate others. He is known for writing the semi-autobiographical addiction novel Wasting Talent and launching a non-profit, The Prodigy Foundation.

The organization was created to end mass incarceration and expand literacy in the American prison system. A feature-length documentary called Idiot Savant: The Savage Life of Ryan Leone, about his life, is in the working as well.


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