Michelle McNamara, a crime writer and wife of actor/comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, has tragically died at her home in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to Oswalt’s publicist. Kevin McLaughlin of Main Stage Public Relations said that McNamara died in her sleep and no cause was given. Her passing “was a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly,” McLaughlin said. McNamara was only 46-years-old.
McNamara graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She created the website True Crime Diary, which covers small profile cold cases.
“It’s the ones that really don’t get that much attention that interest me because I think what’s interesting about them is there’s more stuff to be unearthed that hasn’t been in the public yet and you can do it,” McNamara wrote. “I wanted to get more involved in the cases that were fueling my own curiosity,” she said in 2007.
Patton confirmed his wife’s death by retweeting a story by The Hollywood Reporter about McNamara’s untimely demise.
Oswalt has been showcased on this site extensively for his brilliant wit in tackling a number of issues. He is also an actor who has appeared on Veep, Agents of SHIELD, The King of Queens, Magnolia, Starsky & Hutch and Ratatouille.
McNamara and Oswalt married in 2005, and have a 7-year-old daughter named Alice.
Celebrities paid their respects and gave Patton their condolences.