Patton Oswalt Details What It Was Like to Find His Wife Dead, Speculates About What Killed Her

Patton Oswalt Opens Up About Crippling Grief After His Wife's Sudden Death
Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt penned a heart-wrenching Facebook post.

Seven months after Patton Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara tragically passed away in her sleep, Oswalt is opening up about that devastating day.

In an interview with the New York Times, Oswalt talks about finding his wife dead, which he describes as the “second worst day” of his life, second only to the day he had to tell their seven-year-old daughter Alice of her mother’s passing.

Oswalt explains that McNamara was working on a new novel about a serial rapist and killer called “The Golden State Killer,” and her in-depth research caused her to have anxiety and nightmares. Oswalt, concerned for his wife’s health, suggested she not set her alarm that night and sleep until she was ready to wake up. That night, McNamara took some Xanax to help her sleep less fitfully, but she never woke up the next morning.

Oswalt describes waking up the next morning, taking their daughter to school and coming back home to drop off coffee on McNamara’s night stand and do some work, at around 9:40 a.m.  Later that afternoon, around 12:42 p.m., Oswalt decided to check on McNamara and he found her still laying in bed, this time, not breathing.

Oswalt quickly called paramedics but sadly, McNamara was declared dead at the scene, and while the official cause of death has yet to be revealed, Oswalt has an idea of what caused her untimely death. “I have a feeling it might have been an overdose,” he told The Times. “That’s what the paramedics there were saying while I was screaming and throwing up.”

Oswalt goes on to admit that while he’ll never be the same, he’s begun to use stand-up comedy to cope. “I’ll never be at 100 percent again,” he said. “But that won’t stop me from living.”