Actress and director Lynn Shelton died suddenly in Los Angeles on Friday from what was described as a blood disorder, Fox News reported. She was 54.
According to Fox, Shelton began her career as an actress and appeared in Nights and Weekends in 2008, but her true love was directing. She also appeared in many of the indie films and shorts that she directed.
Some of Shelton’s best-known films as a director include Humpday and Sword of Trust, Fox noted. The style of her films was largely comedic drama, and they often focused on family relationships and other intimate situations.
To finance her films and shorts, she also directed episodes of many well-known TV series, including The Morning Show, GLOW, Fresh off the Boat, and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, as Variety reported.
“I loved her a lot”
According to The Week, Shelton’s partner, Marc Maron, delivered a tribute to her on his podcast Monday that shed light on how the celebrated director passed.
Maron said Shelton had a fever and was scheduled to see the doctor the next day when she collapsed in the middle of the night. After doctors were unable to save her, she was taken off life support.
Doctors then discovered the blood disorder. A COVID-19 test came back negative, The Week reported.
“I loved her,” Maron said of Shelton, according to The Week. “I loved her a lot. And she loved me, and I knew that. And I don’t know that I’d ever felt what I felt with her before. I do know, actually, I did not. I have not.”
Maron also said many have been sharing about their loss with him over the weekend and leaving tributes online for Shelton. “I’ve never felt grief like this, or this bad,” he remarked on his podcast. “Lynn Shelton was an amazing person, an amazing artist. Powerful woman, powerful, charismatic, joyful presence in the world, and she’s gone. It’s a horrendous loss for a lot of people.”
“It doesn’t seem possible”
Many of the actresses and fellow directors Shelton worked with also paid tribute to her after hearing about her death.
“It doesn’t seem possible that someone who was so vibrant, and who walked through this world with such immense passion, could suddenly be gone,” Reese Witherspoon and the rest of the cast from Little Fires Everywhere said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“She was a dream on set,” Mindy Kaling, a comedy actress, writer, and producer, added in a tweet, as The Hollywood Reporter noted. “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.”