Writer Michelle McNamara, the wife of Patton Oswalt, is dead. She was 46.
The tragic news was confirmed to Gossip Cop by Oswalt’s rep on Friday night. No cause of death has been released. McNamara died in her sleep at the couple’s Los Angeles home on Thursday, according to the spokesperson.
Oswalt and McNamara wed in 2005. Four years later, they welcomed a daughter named Alice in 2009. She turned 7 years old earlier this month.
McNamara was best known for writing about true crime. A graduate of both the University of Notre Dame (undergrad) and University of Minnesota (master’s in creative writing), she started her own blog in 2007. On the site, called True Crime Diary, McNamara wrote about old and new unsolved cases.
It doesn’t appear the outlet has been updated in quite some time, but McNamara was still active on Twitter under the “@TrueCrimeDiary” handle as recently as this week. Like her husband, she often tweeted about politics in recent months. For his part, Oswalt last tweeted on Thursday, posting multiple times about Prince in the hours after the superstar’s death.
McNamara’s own passing now comes right at the premiere of Oswalt’s new stand-up special. Called “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping,” the program began streaming on Netflix on Friday. He did a number of interviews, which were published this week, leading up to the debut. Oswalt and McNamara are pictured above at the 2011 premiere of Young Adult. Gossip Cop extends condolences to the actor-comedian and his family.
UPDATE: In the wake of the tragic news, a number of stars have taken to Twitter to express sympathy. Elijah Wood tweeted, “My heart goes to the Oswalt family.” Kevin Smith exclaimed, “Oh my God, @pattonoswalt – my heart breaks for you & your family’s devastating loss. If you need any help, I’m here.”
Margaret Cho tweeted, “I LOVE YOU – I am here for you always @pattonoswalt xo.” Billy Eichner similarly posted, “I love you @pattonoswalt. We all do.” Will Arnett said, “My heart goes out to @pattonoswalt and his family. We love you man.” And Carson Daly wrote, “Totally devastated for one of my all time favorites. Praying for you tonight Patton. We are here for you.”
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