Michelle McNamara, a crime writer and wife of actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, died in her sleep on Thursday at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, Oswalt’s publicist confirms to ET. She was 46.
The founder of the website True Crime Diary and its corresponding podcast, McNamara was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota.
She is survived by Oswalt and the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, Alice.
Fans and friends of the couple, as well as several of Oswalt’s co-stars on shows like Veep and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., shared their condolences on Twitter.
Endlessly sad for my friend Patton and little Alice. RIP Michelle McNamara. 2😢16— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) April 22, 2016
Deepest condolences to my friend @pattonoswalt on news of his wife Michelle's passing. Keeping him and little Alice in thought & prayer— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) April 23, 2016
Totally devastated for one of my all time favorites. Praying for you tonight Patton. We are here for you. https://t.co/XWzPHUICfX— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) April 23, 2016