Patton Oswalt on Late Wife Michelle McNamara: "Funerals Are Final But There's No Closure"

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Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt.

The noted true-crime author was 46.

Patton Oswalt shared a heartbreaking post about his late wife, Michelle McNamara, over social media on Sunday. 

"Funerals are final but there's no closure. Memorials are hopeful but they don't bring back the dead," Oswalt wrote on Twitter. He also shared a picture of McNamara. 

McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep a little more than a month ago. 

The 46-year-old noted true-crime author is said to have been free of known medical conditions, with no prior warning signs her health might have been in danger.

The Los Angeles County coroner told The Hollywood Reporter autopsy results may take months because the office is so backed up with cases. 

Sunday's message was not the first Oswalt shared over social media about the loss of his wife. 

"She wrote lines that stung & hummed. 13 years in her presence was happily humbling," he wrote April 29. 

The comedian and actor penned a longer tribute for Time Magazine's website.

"I loved her," Oswalt wrote. "This is the first time I’ve been able to use 'I' writing this. Probably because there hasn’t been much of an 'I' since the morning of April 21. There probably won’t be for a while. Whatever there is belongs to my daughter — to our daughter. Alice."

McNamara, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is best known for writing about real-life murderers and rapists, which is the topic on which she founded the website True Crime Diary. Oswalt tweeted that the work she started would continue. 

McNamara is survived by Oswalt and their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.

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