Patton Oswalt discusses wife's death: 'It might have been an overdose'

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Patton Oswalt has opened up about his wife Michelle McNamara's death at age 46 in April, telling the New York Times he suspects the anti-anxiety medication Xanax might have played a part in her passing.

"I have a feeling it might have been an overdose," Oswalt told the paper, noting that McNamara had taken Xanax before going to bed. "That's what the paramedics there were saying while I was screaming and throwing up."

The coroner has not yet declared the cause of McNamara's death, the Times reported.

According to Oswalt, he had become concerned about his wife's health and encouraged her to "sleep until you wake up," at which point McNamara, a true-crime writer, took Xanax and went to bed.

The comedian recalled that, when he left a cup of coffee for her on a bedside table at 9:40 a.m., McNamara was snoring, but when he returned to their bedroom shortly before 1 p.m., she was no longer breathing. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Patton Oswalt and wife attends the 'Young Adult' world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Patton Oswalt and wife Michelle Eileen McNamara attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Patton Oswalt (R) and wife Michelle Eileen McNamara attend the LACMA inaugural Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara attend the 'Young Adult' world premiere after party at the Hudson Terrace on December 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Patton Oswalt (R) and Michelle Eileen McNamara arrive at LACMA's Art And Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari at LACMA on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Patton Oswalt (L) and Michelle Eileen McNamara attend LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)
Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt during The World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's 'Ratatouille' at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calfornia, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Disney Pictures)
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"I was literally blinking trying to get out of this," Oswalt said of her death.

The comedian added that he turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism after McNamara's death, to no avail.

"I found out the hard way these past few months that alcohol really doesn't help," he told the paper.

A week after McNamara's death, the comedian paid tribute to his wife on Twitter, saying their 13 years together were "happily humbling" for him.

The couple married in 2005 and had a daughter, Alice, together.

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