Patton Oswalt on Late Wife Michelle McNamara: ‘She Hasn’t Left a Void, She’s Left a Blast Crater’

Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara
Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara Lester Cohen/

Gone but never forgotten. In an article written for, Patton Oswalt paid tribute to his late wife, Michelle McNamara.

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In the piece, published on Tuesday, May 3, the comedian, 47, looked back on the legacy left by his love, who died in her sleep at the age of 46 on April 21.

"The reaction to her passing, the people who are shocked at her senseless absence, is a testament to how she steered her life with joyous, wicked curiosity," he wrote of McNamara, who he wed in 2005. "She hasn't left a void. She's left a blast crater."

The Veep actor also highlighted McNamara’s many career accomplishments, from working for Michelle Obama in the '90s to the founding of her popular blog,

Oswalt also detailed the origins of McNamara’s true-crime book about the unsolved multiple-homicide case of the Golden State Killer, a project she unfortunately failed to finish before her untimely death.

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The King of Queens alum then went on to explain how he sees Michelle in their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.

"Five days after Michelle was gone, Alice and I were half-awake at dawn, after a night of half-sleeping. Alice sat up in bed. Her face was silhouetted in the dawn light of the bedroom windows,” he shared. “I couldn’t see her expression. I just heard her voice: 'When your mom dies you’re the best memory of her. Everything you do and say is a memory of her.' That’s the kind of person Michelle created and helped shape. That was Michelle. That is Michelle.”

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Shortly after McNamara passed away, Oswalt’s rep told the Associated Press that her death came as a complete shock to the family. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it might be months until officials know why McNamara died as tests and toxicology reports are ongoing. 

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