Crime writer Michelle McNamara, who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, died at her home in Los Angeles.
McNamara made a name for herself for coverage of cold cases and breaking crime stories on her website, True Crime Diary, which she founded. In a 2011 interview, McNamara attributed her passion for offbeat crime stories to the discovery of fresh clues.
"It feels like the difference between looking forward or looking back," McNamara explained. “It's more interesting to me to be presented with a puzzle and given the opportunity to try and solve it.”
McNamara developed her writing skill at the University of Notre Dame and received a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, AP reports.
In 2005, McNamara married Oswalt, and the couple welcomed their daughter Alice in 2009. Oswalt’s work as a writer, stand-up comedian and actor has placed him among the elite in comedy. His resume includes "The King of Queens," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Magnolia" and "Ratatouille."
Colleagues, friends and fellow entertainers shared their grief and condolences on Friday night.
This story has been updated to include new details from McNamara and Oswalt's publicists.