Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt commented publicly on Friday morning for the first time since his wife, the writer Michelle McNamara, unexpectedly died last week.
"She wrote lines that stung & hummed. 13 years in her presence was happily humbling. #RIPMichelleMcNamara," Oswalt tweeted to followers.
McNamara died suddenly in the couple's Los Angeles home last Friday at age 46. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the cause of her death will likely not be known for months due to a backlog of cases in the medical examiner's office. According to the Hollywood Reporter, McNamara was not known to have been in poor health.
McNamara was best known as the founder of the website True Crime Diary, where she wrote about cold cases and other unsolved crimes. Before her death, McNamara was in the process of writing a book about The Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer that committed a series of violent crimes in California in the 1970s and 1980s and was never apprehended.
Oswalt's statement about his late wife was in response to another tweet urging well-wishers to make a donation in McNamara's honor to 826LA, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting children in developing creative writing skills.