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Sometimes bad news feels personal even when you never knew the person the bad news is about.

I'm sad today about the loss of a person I not only never met, but only barely knew about by reputation. That person is writer Michelle McNamara. She created the site True Crime Diary. She doggedly researched cold cases both famous and non-famous. She was the wife of actor-comedian Patton Oswalt and mother of their daughter Alice. She was only 46.

The outpouring of grief and condolences online, especially in the parts of the internet that I see, was quick and heartfelt. People really love McNamara. People really love Oswalt and knew what she means to him. The suddenness of her loss adds to how unreal and unfair this feels.

Unreal and unfair. And if I, at my remove, feel this so personally, I simply cannot imagine how those close to McNamara or Oswalt are reeling.

A good person who was doing good work is no longer here. Enormous sympathies to those closest to her.