After the sudden death of director Lynn Shelton, her boyfriend – comedian Marc Maron – has issued an emotional statement that reveals he is “heartbroken” about her passing. Shelton – who directed Maron on the Netflix series Glow – passed away on Friday at the age of 54 after collapsing due to an illness (unrelated to COVID-19).
In a statement released to Indiewire, Maron shared the “awful news” and said that Shelton had a previously unknown, underlying condition. He explained that the doctors couldn’t save her even though they tried.
Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set. Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious and actors always drifted to video village between takes to be around her. She had such a quiet power and I will miss her. Rest In Peace, Lynn. Love you. pic.twitter.com/jGvbSV3fN1
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 16, 2020
“I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating. I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment,” said Maron. “She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy. I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.”
Shelton had a successful career as a director in Hollywood. The Seattle native’s first film was 2006’s We Go Way Back and she also directed 2009’s Humpday. She wrote and directed a total of eight films during her career, including 2019’s Sword of Trust, which starred Maron.
Her TV directing credits include Mad Men, Master of None, Fresh Off the Boat, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Little Fires Everywhere, and The Morning Show.
The news of Shelton’s death has resulted in numerous celebrities taking to Twitter and Instagram to express their sadness and to honor Shelton’s memory. Mark Duplass worked with Shelton often, and he wrote that her “boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivaled.”
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I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere. She said the book truly spoke to her, and that she longed to direct a show that spoke meaningfully about motherhood, sexuality, race, and class in America. And she did. She cared deeply about the WHOLE cast and crew, making sure we all felt heard, seen and appreciated. Lynn also shared so much of her life with us. Her love of her son, how motherhood changed her life, her life changing decisions that made her the woman she was. I feel so fortunate that I got to collaborate with Lynn on both The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere. Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world. Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set and in her wonderful films. Please watch her work and see her talent for yourself. #RestInPeaceLynn 🙏🏻💫💜
Mindy Kaling echoed the statement, writing that Shelton’s energy was infectious and actors always “drifted to video village between takes to be around her.” Reese Witherspoon wrote that she was “devastated” to hear about Shelton’s passing, and she was in “complete shock” to find out that the “vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us.”
Lynn Shelton is survived by her former husband of eight years, Kevin Seal, and their son Milo.