Patton Oswalt Writes Touching Essay on Being a Single Father After Wife's Death

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"It feels like a walk-on character is being asked to carry an epic film after the star has been wiped from the screen," the comedian, whose wife died earlier this year, wrote for 'GQ.'

In a recent essay for GQ, comedian Patton Oswalt talked about his struggle to adapt to his new role as a single father following wife Michelle McNamara's unexpected death in April.

"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," wrote Oswalt.

Oswalt opened up about the possible cause of his wife's death in statements to The New York Times in October. “I have a feeling it might have been an overdose,” said Oswalt, referring to the Xanax McNamara had taken the night before her death.

In his essay, Oswalt related his experience raising his 7-year-old daughter, Alice, without McNamara to his acting career. "It feels like a walk-on character is being asked to carry an epic film after the star has been wiped from the screen. Imagine Frances McDormand dying in the first act of Fargo and her dim-bulb patrol partner — the one who can't recognize dealer plates — has to bring William H. Macy to justice," he wrote.

Despite his grief, Oswalt said he will carry on for the sake of his daughter. "It is for Alice. I'm moving forward — clumsily, stupidly, blindly — because of the kind of person Alice is," he wrote. "She's got so much of Michelle in her."

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