Last April, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, died suddenly in her sleep. Now, Oswalt—who’s spoken movingly about his grief in the intervening year, and the difficulties in raising their daughter alone—has revealed the cause of his wife’s death: a combination of prescription medication and an undiagnosed heart condition.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Oswalt revealed the details of a coroner’s report received earlier today, which showed that McNamara died from an interaction between a condition that caused blockages in her arteries, and Xanax, Adderall, and the pain medication fentanyl. McNamara was 46.
According to Oswalt’s Twitter account, Investigation Discovery’s A Crime To Remember—on which McNamara was a frequent guest—tributed her with a dedication card in its season finale, which aired earlier this week.
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Michelle McNamara, the crime writer and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, has died, Oswalt’s publicist confirms to PEOPLE. She was 46.
McNamara, founder of the website True Crime Diary, died in her sleep Thursday. No cause of death was given, but Oswalt’s publicist said her passing “was a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly.”
McNamara attended the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s in creative writing from the University of Minnesota.
She founded her website, True Crime Diary, at the suggestion of her husband after becoming becoming interested in cold cases.
“So I kind of just did it almost as a lark at first not figuring it would become such a regular thing but that was sort of the impetus for it,” she
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