“I called the ambulance and she was dead within 18 hours,” he said, adding that her ultimate causes of death were organ failure and acute myeloid leukemia.
“I went [to the hospital] that night and spent a few minutes with her body. It was the heaviest thing I’ve ever done,” Maron said. “It was just devastating. I was blown out, totally traumatized. Totally heartbroken.”
Shelton wrote and directed eight feature films, including Your Sister's Sister and Sword of Trust, which Maron starred in 2019.
Shelton also has credits on some of the most popular television shows, including the recent Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, Mad Men, The Mindy Project, Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, and GLOW.
On Tuesday, she received a posthumous Emmy directing nomination for Little Fires Everywhere.
Maron said that grieving during the coronavirus pandemic has allowed him “to process and sit with the feelings.”
“I cry every day,” he shared. “The shock and the trauma have dissipated a little bit, so now I deal with the loss. I have her jacket that she always wore, and her hat and boots. I have the shirt that I met her in. I touch these things when I can and try to keep her with me.”
Maron added, “In terms of really experiencing the feelings that one has with grief and loss, I’ve had the presence to be in those. Because I have nothing else to do, man.”
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