Michelle McNamara, the crime writer who founded the website TrueCrimeDiary.com and the wife of popular comedian Patton Oswalt, died Thursday, her husband’s publicist confirmed.
The 46-year-old passed away in her sleep at her Los Angeles home.
“Her passing was a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly,” Kevin McLaughlin of Main Stage Public Relations told CNN on Saturday.
No cause of death was provided.
McNamara, who earned her masters degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, was fascinated by crime stories. Her website covered both breaking stories and cold cases.
Word of McNamara’s death prompted an outpouring of grief by peers of her husband.
As a writer, she steered away from famous murders and instead focused on mysteries that others had either overlooked or had not gained public attention.
Everything Michelle McNamara wrote @TrueCrimeDiary was excellent & thoughtful. She was an excellent & thoughtful person. I’m so sorry Patton
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) April 23, 2016
“True Crime Diary is not interested in looking back at notorious criminals and saying, wow. We’re interested in looking at unfolding cases and asking, who?” she said, in an article on her website.
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SOURCE: CNN – Jareen Imam