Surprise! Patton Oswalt Gets Engaged 15 Months After His Wife’s Death

I’ve witnessed firsthand what it’s like for someone to lose the love of her life – suddenly – and then, miraculously, find love again, just as intense and sweet and beautiful in its own way. It’s such a blessing to see such happiness emerge and heal a heart that had been assaulted with pain, grief, shock and loss.

So I felt a lot of empathy for Patton Oswalt when his wife Michelle McNamara suddenly died in 2016 after they had been married for 11 years. I didn’t even know who he was at the time. But I’ve admired the way the comedian has been open about the grief that he and their now 8-year-old Alice felt. Now it seems that father and daughter have a lot to smile about.

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Credit: Twitter / @pattonoswalt

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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