15 Months After Wife's Death, Patton Oswalt Is Engaged

Comedian trades public explorations of grief for public expressions of happiness
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2017 12:34 PM CDT
15 Months After Wife's Death, Patton Oswalt Is Engaged
Comedian Patton Oswalt and actress Meredith Salenger confirmed their engagement on social media Thursday.   (Twitter)

Fifteen months after the death of his wife of 11 years, Patton Oswalt is engaged, People reports. The comedian and his new fiancee, actress Meredith Salenger, confirmed their engagement on social media. "I put the ring in a marzipan Slave I replica and said, 'Will you be my Padawan of Love?' She maced me but said yes later," Oswalt tweeted. Salenger went with an equally dorky joke, posting on Instagram: "I don't wanna brag ... but check out the size of The Rock on my finger!," along with a photo of Dwayne Johnson digitally placed over her engagement ring. Flirting via social media isn't anything new for the couple, who went public with their relationship last month at the premiere of Baby Driver.

Oswalt's public expressions of happiness follow his equally public explorations of grief in the wake of wife Michelle McNamara's death, the New York Daily News reports. Oswalt has written about grief ("102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have s--- to show for it") and raising his 8-year-old daughter without McNamara ("I'm moving forward—clumsily, stupidly, blindly") and addressed the loss of his wife in his stand-up sets. McNamara died suddenly in her sleep in April 2016 due to a mix of prescription drugs and an unknown heart condition. A source tells People Oswalt and Salenger met through mutual friend Martha Plimpton and are "very happy." (More Patton Oswalt stories.)

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