Actor Marries a Year-And-a-Half After First Wife Unexpectedly Passes Away

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November 06, 2017Nov 06, 2017

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, best known for his role on CBS comedy “The King of Queens” has found love again after experiencing grave heartbreak, reported People. In April 2016, Michelle McNamara, his wife of 11 years died unexpectedly in her sleep.

The 48-year-old actor and comedian wed Meredith Salenger, 47, on Saturday—a little over a year-and-a-half after McNamara’s death. McNamara left behind a daughter, Alice, 8, with Oswalt.

Oswalt shared the happy news on his Twitter. He tweeted a photo of himself, his daughter, and Salenger at the wedding.

“What’d you guys do yesterday?” read the caption.

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How Oswalt’s life has changed since 2016

Oswalt McNamara, a crime writer, in 2005. Four years later, in 2009, she gave birth to their only child, Alice Rigney.

McNamara was only 46 when she died in her sleep on April 21, 2016. Oswalt, who became a widower and a single parent overnight, said he had no idea that there was anything wrong with McNamara.

In an October 2016 interview with The New York Times, Oswalt said he believed his wife may have accidentally overdosed on anxiety medication and sleeping pills. At the time, she was writing a book about a serial rapist and killer that was causing her to have nightmares. 

“Worried about her health, Oswalt suggested she take a night to ‘sleep until you wake up.’ McNamara took some Xanax and went to sleep — but never woke up,” recounted People.

The next morning, after taking Alice to school, he found his wife still in bed. He then realized she wasn’t breathing; Oswalt called paramedics, but they pronounced her dead at the scene.

In February 2017, Oswalt revealed McNamara’s cause of death: “We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle’s system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal.”

Oswalt has been criticized for how he’s coped with his wife’s unexpected death. In April 2017, he posted on Facebook, revealing he’d taken off his wedding ring.

“I couldn’t bear removing it since April 21st, 2016,” he wrote. “But now it felt obscene. That anonymous poem about the man mourning his dead lover for a year and a day, for craving a kiss from her ‘clay cold lips.’ I was inviting more darkness. Removing the ring was removing the last symbol of denial of who I was now, and what my life is, and what my responsibilities are. But it’s not fatal.”

In June, Oswalt attended the “Baby Driver” premier with Meredith Salenger by his side. At the time, a source close to the couple revealed that the relationship was “new” and that they were “very happy” together.

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“They met through mutual friend Martha Plimpton,” said the insider. “They started chatting as friends and it blossomed from there.”

One month later, PEOPLE exclusively confirmed that Oswalt and Salenger were engaged.

“It’s official. I’m the luckiest happiest girl in the universe!!!!” she gushed on Instagram. “I love you @pattonoswalt I love you Alice Oswalt! #YesYesYes.”

“I put the ring in a marzipan [Star Wars] Slave I replica and said, ‘Will you be my Padawan of Love?’ ” Oswalt joked about the proposal on Twitter. “She maced me but said yes later.”

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Oswalt’s engagement to Salenger came only 15 months after his first wife’s death. Not unexpectedly, the couple received harsh criticism on Facebook for the timing of their engagement.

Oswalt replied by sharing an article written by blogger Erica Roman, a widow who came to the couple’s defense.

“This is so amazing. And SO well-written,” he wrote. “I expected some bitter grub worms to weigh in (anonymously, always always always) with their much-needed opinions when I announced my engagement last week. And I decided to ignore them. But yeah, I felt this rage. And Erica articulated it better than I could have ever hoped. So there you go. Thank you, Erica.”

Likewise, Salenger also reposted Roman’s article to defend their decision. She also gave her own defense.

“Everyone has been so lovely to us… ALL of Michelle’s siblings and friends and family… a few trolls have strong opinions,” she wrote. “But I think for Patton, having met and found love after over a year of intense therapy and openly grieving and dealing with his pain…I am grateful to be the one who helps him climb out of the depths of grief and find some joy again. And most of all… Alice is happy and feels loved.”

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“I have waited 47 years to find true love,” she continued. “Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life’s goal and happiness. I am deeply in love with both Patton and Alice and very much looking forward to a beautiful happy life having adventures together.”

Salenger emphasized Alice’s role in their relationship, and so did Oswalt in an interview. He shared that he wouldn’t be functioning without her.

“If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, we wouldn’t be talking right now. I’m not saying I would be dead, but I would be a shut-in alcoholic,” he said in August. “Everything would have shut down. I wouldn’t have been about anything. But with Alice, it was and is ‘You got to get up.’ ”

He also said he decided to move forward with his life for the sake of his daughter.

“I’m moving forward — clumsily, stupidly, blindly—because of the kind of person Alice is,” he wrote in a December 2016 first-person essay for GQ. “She’s got so much of Michelle in her. And Michelle was living her life moving forward. And she took me forward with her. Just like I know Alice will. So I’m going to keep moving forward. So I can be there with you if you need me, Alice. Because I’ll need you.

“I can do it,” he added. “I can do it. I can do it. Because of you, Alice.”

Congratulations to the couple. May God bless their marriage and new family.

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