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Film and TV director Lynn Shelton dies aged 54


Lynn Shelton died aged 54 (Picture: Getty)

Lynn Shelton has died aged 54, and friends of the acclaimed film and TV writer and director have paid tribute.

The respected filmmaker had worked on episodes of Mad Men, GLOW and Little Fires Everywhere as well as films including Your Sister’s Sister and Humpday.

Lynn’s cause of death was attributed to complications related to an unidentified blood disorder.

She passed away on Friday, 15 May, and her partner and creative collaborator Marc Maron confirmed the news of her passing.

He wrote: ‘I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night. She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week.

‘There was a previously unknown, underlying condition. It was not COVID-19. The doctors tried to save her. They tried. Hard.

Lynn had an undiagnosed blood condition (Picture: Getty)

‘I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating. I am levelled, 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. 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.’

Lynn Shelton’s friends paid tribute to her (Picture: WireImage)

Her friends took to Twitter to share their tributes, with Mark Duplass writing: ‘We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. We made so many things together.

‘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.’

Mindy Kaling added: ‘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.’

Colbie Smulders added on Instagram: ‘I just read that this beautiful talented woman Lynn Shelton passed away. It’s a horrible loss.

‘She helped pave the way for many Women in this industry. I was such a huge fan of her work and was so inspired by her. I send my love to her family’.

Edgar Wright wrote: ‘I am truly shocked at the passing of Lynn Shelton. She was a friend, a kind heart, so talented & only just getting started, despite her stellar work so far.

‘My heart goes out to her family and loved ones. She’s left us too soon. I can’t believe I’ll never hear her laugh again.’

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