Patton Oswalt Talks About Finding His Wife Dead Earlier This Year

Submitted by: fancylad 9 months ago in Funny
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According to Patton Oswalt in a profile piece with the NY Times, his wife Michelle McNamara likely died from a Xanax overdose. According to him, she was working on a book about a real crime story (The Golden State Murderer, if you're interested) and it was causing her to have trouble sleeping. Oswalt suggested she take a night to “sleep until you wake up.” She pops a Xanax, and the next think you know, it's noon the next day, he goes to wake her up, and she's dead.

An excerpt from The New York Times:

Sitting in an empty room near the bar at the Chateau Marmont hotel here on a Friday afternoon this month, Mr. Oswalt, 47, recounted what happened next the way a detective exhaustively details a case he has been running over in his mind.

After getting up early, he helped his daughter, Alice, get dressed, packed her lunch and drove her to school, then picked up a cup of his wife’s favorite coffee. Back home, he went to their bedroom, where she was snoring. He gently placed the Americano on a bedside table. It was 9:40 a.m.

Mr. Oswalt went to his home office, answered emails, did two phone interviews and noticed some sad news online: Prince had died. He shot off a series of tweets and returned to his bedroom to find his wife still in bed. She wasn’t breathing. It was 12:42 p.m. When the paramedics arrived, they pronounced her dead.

Her death was so shocking that Mr. Oswalt refused to believe the scene in front of him. In tears, he clung to the notion he was living a nightmare, trying to will himself awake. “I was literally blinking trying to get out of this,” he recalled.

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Male 2,904
While I love me some Prince, this sadden me even more. Patton loved his wife and the daughter they share together, knowing his comedy, this was his ultimate tragedy. Honestly, I am happy that he has continued on since then and I look forward to his future shows, because the best comedy is tragedy, he will bring that to the stage.
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Male 3,570
if you want my opinion, might as well change it if you can. but try not to feel torn about it. whether you change it or not, whatever you do is ok with me lala.
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Male 1,253
Debating leaving this story categorized under, "funny" or changing it out of respect. I'm torn.
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