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Patton Oswalt Believed Late Wife Had 'Postpartum Depression' — According To New Memoir

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The words of Michelle McNamara live on…

In April 2016, Patton Oswalt's wife passed away at the age of 46 from a combination of prescription medications — including Adderall, Xanax, and the pain medication fentanyl — and an undiagnosed heart condition.

Related: Oswalt Gives A Shoutout To His Daughter & Late Wife

According to her posthumous memoir I'll Be Gone In The Dark released on Tuesday, the crime writer details the intense emotions she faced after having daughter Alice just two years after her mother passed away from complications of diabetes.

McNamara remembers "crying hysterically" after her daughter's birth, and "was inconsolable for the first two weeks."

While Patton told friends she suffered from "postpartum depression," she disagreed, writing:

"It wasn't new-mom blues… It was old-mom blues. Holding my newborn daughter, I got it. I got the love that guts you, the sense of responsibility that narrows the world to a pair of needy eyes… At 39, I understood my mother's love for me for the first time."

The author completed half the book before her untimely death.

Oswalt got remarried to actress Meredith Salenger in November 2017.

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