“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, explaining that “blockages, combined with her taking the medications Adderall, Xanax and the pain medication fentanyl” were responsible for her death.
Los Angeles coroner’s Lt. David Smith told the AP that McNamara’s cause of death remains listed as pending.
As previously reported, Oswalt shared that he feared his wife, a writer who founded the website True Crime Diary, may have overdosed.
“I have a feeling it might have been an overdose,” the 48-year-old actor told The new york times in October 2016. “That’s what the paramedics there were saying while I was screaming and throwing up.” According to Oswalt, McNamara had been stressed about a book she was writing and took Xanax to sleep the night she died.
Oswalt is now a single dad raising their 7-year-old daughter Alice.
“Five months and 10 days ago, as I write this, I became a single father,” the actor wrote in an essay for GQ this past December. “I was half of an amazing parenting team, except we weren’t equals. Michelle was the point person, researcher, planner, and expediter. I was the grunt, office assistant, instruction follower, and urban Sherpa. … I’ve missed forms for school. I’ve forgotten to stock the fridge with food she likes. I’ve run out of socks for her. I’ve run out of socks for me,” he wrote. “It sucked and it was a hassle every time, but the world kept turning. I said, ‘Whoops, my bad,’ and fixed it and kept stumbling forward.”
The comedian ended his piece for the magazine telling other single dads to keep “moving forward — clumsily, stupidly, blindly,” and reminding them none of this is for you.”