National treasure and Trump supporter irritant, Patton Oswalt, suddenly and tragically lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, in April of last year.
Patton found Michelle, 46, a true-crime writer and mother to their seven-year-old daughter, Alice (*sad-face*), unresponsive when he went to wake her up one morning. At the time, he publicly stated that he believed she might have taken an accidental overdose of prescription medication. It turns out he was half-right.
People reports that Patton has revealed that her death was also caused by an undiagnosed heart condition.
“We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle’s system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal,” the actor and comedian wrote in a statement to the Associated Press on Friday.
Oswalt also explained that the couple, who wed in 2005, had “no idea” she had a condition that caused blockages in her arteries.
The blockages, combined with her taking the medications Adderall, Xanax and the pain medication fentanyl, caused the mother of one’s death in April 2016, Oswalt said.
In an interview with The New York Times in October, Patton went into some detail about what happened. At the time of her death, Michelle had been working on a non-fiction book about a suspected serial killer in California. Patton says that she had been having trouble sleeping due to the subject matter, so he urged her to sleep in late one day.
Hours later, he checked to see if his wife was up yet. She was still in bed — not breathing. The paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. While a cause of death was not declared by the coroner’s office at the time, Oswalt said he believed the Xanax was to blame.
According to a Facebook post he wrote, Patton is going to finish his wife’s book about the “Golden State Killer” himself, as a tribute to her.
Michelle McNamara got yanked off the planet and out of life 102 days ago. She left behind an amazing unfinished book, about a horrific series of murders that everyone — including the retired homicide detectives she worked with — was sure she’d solve. The Golden State Killer. She gave him that name, in an article for Los Angeles Magazine. She was going to figure out the real name behind it.
Any spare energy I’ve managed to summon since April 21st I’ve put toward finishing Michelle’s book. With a lot of help from some very amazing people. It will come out. I will let you know. It’s all her. We’re just taking what’s there and letting it tell us how to shape it. It’s amazing.
Finishing your late wife’s book about a serial killer is way morbid, but that’s sort of Patton’s comedy stylings so, in a way, it makes complete sense and will definitely be a loving tribute. Hopefully he’ll continue to annoy a certain demographic after he completes that project.