Michelle McNamara Dead: Patton Oswalt’s Wife Dies in Her Sleep at Age 46

Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Michelle McNamara, the writer and founder of website True Crime Diary who was married to actor Patton Oswalt, has died at the age of 46.

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The actor’s rep told the Associated Press that McNamara died in her sleep on Thursday, April 21. No cause of death was given.

The Veep actor married McNamara in 2005, and together they have a 7-year-old daughter named Alice.

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McNamara, who always had an interest in true crime, told SuicideGirls in 2007 that she started her website — which explores cold murder cases — after Oswalt gave her the idea. “I wanted to get more involved in the cases than fueling my own curiosity.”

And the crimes that caught the University of Notre Dame grad’s attention weren’t the ones making national headlines.

"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 explained in the interview.

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Oswalt has yet to publicly address her death. The comedian last tweeted about Prince’s death, which also happened on April 21.

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