Marc Maron is speaking out after the tragic and sudden passing of his girlfriend Lynn Shelton, the acclaimed director of Humpday, My Sister’s Sister as well as numerous episodes of celebrated television shows.
Maron, 56, appears in the Netflix series Glow, which Shelton directed on five separate occasion.
The Almost Famous actor’s statement, released to IndieWire, sheds more light on the unexpected circumstances surrounding Lynn’s death at age 54 on Friday, in addition to sharing his thoughts and feelings in relation to the shocking loss.
‘I am leveled, heartbroken’: Marc Maron is speaking out after the tragic, sudden passing of his girlfriend Lynn Shelton, acclaimed director of Humpday and more; seen together in February
‘I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night. She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week,’ Marc said in the statement Saturday.
‘There was a previously unknown, underlying condition. It was not COVID-19,’ he specified. ‘The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard.
‘I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating’ the comedian continued. ‘I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment.
‘I needed you all to know. I don’t know some of you. Some I do. I’m just trying to let the people who were important to her know,’ he added.
The actor’s statement sheds more light on the unexpected circumstances surrounding Lynn’s death at age 54 on Friday; seen here in his Netflix comedy special
Upsetting: ‘I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night. She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week,’ Marc said in the statement Saturday
‘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,’ Maron said in conclusion. ‘This is a horrendous, sad loss.’
As previously reported, Shelton died of a ‘previously unidentified blood disorder,’ according a statement from her reps provided to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Little Fires Everywhere director helped popularize the ‘mumblecore’ genre with understated yet observant indies like 2009’s Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister two years later.
Tragic: Lynn Shelton has passed away at 54 from a ‘previously unidentified blood disorder.’ She’s seen in February above
She often worked with Mark Duplass, one of the stars of the funny and underrated Humpday, who tweeted out his condolences on Saturday.
‘We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. We made so many things together,’ Duplass wrote.
‘I wish we had made more. Her boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivaled. She made me better. We butted heads, made up, laughed, pushed each other. Like family. What a deep loss,’ the actor concluded.
‘What a deep loss’: She often worked with Mark Duplass, one of the stars of the funny and underrated Humpday, who tweeted out his condolences on Saturday
‘Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set’: Reese Witherspoon, with whom Lynn collaborated on Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show, penned a touching tribute
‘In complete shock’: Witherspoon also shared tributes to her former collaborator on her Instagram Stories
Outpouring of love: Reese shared yet more memories of Lynn for the benefit of her fans
In addition to Lynn’s film work, she was an accomplished television director, having helmed episodes for such celebrated series as the new Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, Mad Men, Fresh Off the Boat, Santa Clarita Diet, The Good Place and Master of None.
Mindy Kaling, whom Shelton directed in two episodes of The Mindy Project, wrote: ‘Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set. Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious’.
A decorated filmmaker and director, Lynn had received recognition at festivals such as the Sundance, Cannes and Deauville Film Festivals, as well as at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Accomplished: In addition to Lynn’s film work, she was an accomplished television director, having helmed episodes for such celebrated series as The Morning Show, Mad Men, Glow, Fresh Off the Boat and more
Not forgotten: Mindy Kaling, whom Shelton directed in two episodes of The Mindy Project, wrote: ‘Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set’
She was highly respected within the film community, as Lynn’s contemporaries also took time Saturday to share their feelings on her untimely passing.
Those included Ava DuVernay, James Gunn, Edgar Wright and Jason Reitman, who tweeted, ‘Don’t know how to comprehend the sudden loss of my brilliant friend Lynn Shelton. Her direction was filled with delight. Her films tap-danced through the human experience. Cherishing her movies and mourning the ones we never got to see.’
The Oberlin, Ohio-born Shelton is survived by her son Milo Seal, whom she shared with her ex-husband, actor and MTV VJ Kevin Seal.
Abbi from Broad City shared: ‘I wanted to work with her so badly. What a talent’
Respect from all around: Shelton was highly respected within the film community, as her contemporaries, decorated directors in their own right, also took time to share their feelings
Those included: Ava DuVernay, James Gunn (seen here) Jason Reitman and more
Edgar Wright shared: ‘She was a friend, a kind heart, so talented & only just getting started’
‘We’ve lost a great one’: Actor and director Mike Birbiglia also paid homage to his former director
Mom: The Oberlin, Ohio-born Shelton is survived by her son Milo Seal, with whom she posed for a Mother’s Day picture on Instagram just last week
Reaching out: Sharon Stone passed along a message of condolence to the grieving GLOW actor
‘Inspiration’: Kerry Washington was effusive in her praise of the veteran director