Patton Oswalt Pays Tribute to Late Wife Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt - H 2016
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"13 years in her presence was happily humbling."

On Friday morning, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt wrote publicly for the first time since his wife, Michelle McNamara, died suddenly last Friday. 

In a tweet, Oswalt said of the noted true-crime author, "She wrote lines that stung & hummed. 13 years in her presence was happily humbling." 

His comment was part of another post about McNamara, informing people that donations could be made in her honor to 826LA, a non-profit that supports students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. 

It might be months before officials know why the 46-year-old McNamara died.

Earlier this week, Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, told The Hollywood Reporter a cause of death will likely take months to determine through tests and a toxicology report because the medical examiner's office is so backed up with cases.

The Hollywood community was shocked by the news of McNamara's death and many notable stars shared their grief over social media.

McNamara is said to have been free of known medical conditions, with no prior warning signs her health might have been in danger.

She was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, best known for writing about real-life murderers and rapists, which is the topic on which she founded the website True Crime Diary.

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