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Patton Oswalt wrote a stirring remembrance of his late wife, Michelle McNamara, in which he said she “steered her life with joyous, wicked curiosity.”
Oswalt’s tribute was published Tuesday morning on Time magazine’s website.
“I loved her,” the actor and comedian 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 died in her sleep on April 21. She was 46. The cause of death is still under investigation.
“Her family is devastated but can’t help remember all of the times she made them laugh or comforted them, and they smile and laugh themselves,” Oswalt wrote. “She hasn’t left a void. She’s left a blast crater.”
McNamara, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was known for writing about real-life murderers and rapists. She founded the website True Crime Diary and also received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota.
Oswalt closed his heartbreaking post with a recent story about the couple’s daughter, Alice.
“Five days after Michelle was gone, Alice and I were half-awake at dawn, after a night of half-sleeping,” he wrote. “Alice sat up in bed. Her face was silhouetted in the dawn light of the bedroom windows. I couldn’t see her expression. I just heard her voice: ‘When your mom dies, you’re the best memory of her. Everything you do and say is a memory of her.’”
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