Comedian Marc Maron has tearfully recounted the sudden death of his partner, acclaimed director Lynn Shelton.
Maron spoke through tears on his podcast on Monday saying Shelton, 54, had died soon after she collapsed in their home early on Friday morning and succumbed to a previously undiagnosed blood disorder.
Maron said "the last time he saw her alive" was as she was taken from his home by paramedics after she fell and became "delirious".
He said as she received treatment at two hospitals over the course of the day there was "never any good news". Shelton died early the next morning after being taken off life support.
• Marc Maron mourns partner Lynn Shelton in emotional podcast episode
• Marc Maron on Glow's new season, overcoming addiction and how spite pushed him forward
• Karl Puschmann: Livin' La Vida Lockdown!
• Pop star Lorde reveals she has dual citizenship with Croatia
Maron, a comedian and well-known podcaster, had spent the past year with Shelton. He tearfully said she died about 12.45am on Saturday.
Maron said he wanted to address her death because during an earlier podcast "I thought she had strep throat. She thought she had strep throat. We treated it as strep throat," he said.
"On Thursday I said, 'We've got to go in, this fever isn't going down'."
He said they'd planned to see a doctor on Friday, but "in the middle of the night I heard her collapse in the hallway on her way to the bathroom".
"And she was on the floor, and she couldn't move," Maron said.
He said he found her "conscious but delirious a bit". He then called an ambulance, and paramedics came to collect Shelton, and the last time he saw her alive, "was on the floor being taken away".
"She was my partner, she was my girlfriend, she was my friend. And I loved her. I loved her a lot. And she loved me, and I knew that," Maron said.
"And I don't know that I'd ever felt that, what I felt with her before.
"I was getting used to love, in the way of being able to accept it, and show it, properly in an intimate relationship," he said.
"I made her laugh all the time, and she made me laugh, and we were happy.
"We played [the card game] crazy eights, we cooked food together, we travelled, we wrote."
Once Shelton was hospitalised, Maron said "there was never any good news". He was told the director was "anaemic" and had low blood pressure and internal bleeding. He said the emergency staff tried "very hard".
"They eventually had to let her go," Maron said. "They tried everything they could, they took her off life support and she passed away."
The comedian remembered Shelton as an "amazing woman", a "very determined artist" and an "inspiration to so many people".
Shelton was an acclaimed filmmaker and TV director, who worked on shows including Mad Men, Glow and Master Of None.
Shelton was previously married to actor Kevin Seal, with whom she had one child, Milo.