Yesterday, word got out that writer/director Lynn Shelton had suddenly died of a blood disorder Friday night at the age of 54. It was a shock to a lot of us who were fans of her work, particularly with the Duplass Brothers. And now, Marc Maron, who was dating Shelton at the time of her death after meeting her through Glow, is speaking out about what happened.
“She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week,” Maron said in a statement.
“There was a previously unknown, underlying condition. It was not Covid-19. 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. 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.”
“She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist,” he continues. “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.”
Just 2 weeks ago, on May 6th, the pair did an Instagram Live for IndieWire. On it, they discussed a new project they were writing together. “It’s about a married couple and the brother of the man comes back into the picture, and a lot of stuff is revealed that shifts the reality of the situation,” Maron said at the time.
Beyond Glow, they also worked together on Sword of Trust last year, which Shelton wrote and directed. And more recently, she directed episodes of the hit Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere. Our thoughts are with Maron, as well as Shelton’s family during this difficult time.