Patton Oswalt has been grieving in a number of ways since the sudden death of his wife Michelle McNamara. Understandably, following his wife’s death, he went silent on Twitter, and then returned to retweet and tweet about his late wife.
Two weeks ago, Patton Oswalt wrote a touching essay on McNamara and the kind of person she was during her life.
As the Inquisitr reported, Oswalt’s Time magazine tribute was heartfelt with facts about her work and her life.
“There were also thoughtful, provocative ruminations on abiding crime topics — ‘The Big Fake Called The Fugue State,’ ‘Crowdsleuthing’ and ‘DNA (hooray).’ There was also a fascinating entry called ‘#bloodbath,’ a speculative masterpiece about how the Manson murders might have been different—or not happened at all—if our current social media infrastructure had existed in 1969.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 23, 2016
He continued to paint a picture of their relationship and his grief,
“I loved her. This is the first time I’ve been able to use ‘I’ writing this. Probably because there hasn’t been much of an ‘I’ since the morning of April 21. There probably won’t be for a while. Whatever there is belongs to my daughter—to our daughter. Alice.”
He broke his silence on Twitter with the following tweet:
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 29, 2016
Days later Patton posted his 7-year-old daughter’s insights about her mother’s death:
“When your mom dies you’re the best memory of her. Everything you do is a memory of her.” — Alice Oswalt, 7
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 1, 2016
Of Alice’s wisdom beyond her years, Patton gave all the credit to his late wife:
“That’s the kind of person Michelle created and helped shape.
“That was Michelle. That is Michelle.
“I love her.”
Later on he wrote several tweets about Michelle:
Still remember that one. I could listen to her for hours. For a lifetime — that was the plan, at least. https://t.co/3FIkJ36JkU
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 19, 2016
In between these touching tributes, Oswalt has peppered with humorous tweets, which he’s known for.
Writing advice: You’ll never write a better line than, “I just bet my balls and shook on it” from BACHELOR PARTY. So relax & have fun.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 20, 2016
That was me. Sundays are my therapist-sanctioned “diaper days.” Otherwise I huff gas fumes. https://t.co/noXlEBhDgX
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 22, 2016
One of the first tributes to Patton Oswalt’s wife was by the Hollywood Reporter, as they wrote,
“It’s the ones that really don’t get that much attention that interest me because I think what’s interesting about them is there’s more stuff to be unearthed that hasn’t been in the public yet and you can do it.”
Patton’s most recent tribute is just as heart-wrenching as his last. This time around he took to Twitter to write a heartfelt sentiment:
Funerals are final but there’s no closure. Memorials are hopeful but they don’t bring back the dead. pic.twitter.com/K8Ss7DejEj
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 23, 2016
The actor, who married McNamara in 2005, thanked people who came out to support him in his time of need.
“The reaction to her passing, the people who are shocked at her senseless absence, is a testament to how she steered her life with joyous, wicked curiosity. Her family is devastated but can’t help remember all of the times she made them laugh or comforted them, and they smile and laugh themselves. She hasn’t left a void. She’s left a blast crater.”
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