Sally Menke, 56, died hiking in Los Angeles Monday. Although a cause of death has not been determined yet, officials said they are looking into whether heat was a factor.
The temperature in Los Angeles reportedly reached 113 degrees Monday.
Menke and Tarantino collaborated on "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Inglourious Basterds."
Tarantino) said Menke "was like a mother to him," Friars Club roast master Jeffrey Ross told the New York Post. "We had a brotherly drink, and I gave him a hug. I made him laugh -- I told him: 'Keep your chin up. I know with a chin like that it's a lot to ask.'"