Patton Oswalt’s Wife, Michelle McNamara, Dies at 46; Family in ‘Shock’

Michelle McNamara, founder of the website True Crime Diary and wife of comedian/actor Patton Oswalt, has died. She was 46.

McNamara unexpectedly died in her sleep on Thursday. No cause of death has been revealed. but Oswalt’s publicist told People.com her death “was a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly.”

McNamara, who earned a degree in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, had a passion for crime stories, especially cold cases, so at that suggestion of her husband, she started True Crime Diary to blog and podcast about them. McNamara also appeared on the Investigation Discovery series A Crime to Remember.

She explained in a 2011 interview, “I’m drawn to cases that aren’t so high profile, that are maybe even a little neglected, but which have enough evidence and clues that anyone with a will and an Internet connection can try to piece together the puzzle. That’s exciting to me. It feels like the difference between looking forward or looking back.”

McNamara is survived by Oswalt — who is best known for his work on TV series such as The King of Queens, The United States of Tara and Justified – and their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.