John Singleton, the groundbreaking director of “Boyz n the Hood” and “Poetic Justice,” died Monday after being taken off life support earlier in the day. He was 51 years old.
“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died,” a rep for Singleton’s family told Page Six. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”
The filmmaker suffered a stroke on April 17. His family previously told Page Six in a statement that he also “quietly struggled with hypertension.”
On Monday, his family announced “with heavy hearts” their decision to take Singleton off of life support.
In 1991, Singleton, a native of Los Angeles, received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for “Boyz n the Hood,” which captured a story of friendship and youth in a community ridden with gang violence, making him the first African American Best Director nominee. He was also the youngest Best Director nominee at just 23 years old.
More recently, he made films like “Rosewood and “2 Fast 2 Furious.” He also worked on TV hits including “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Empire.”
A rep for the family told Page Six, “John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career-making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson.”
Big Hollywood names took to social media to pay tribute to the director.
Snoop Dogg wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for all that you gave to the world the movies the messages the opportunities to so many people like myself to grace the big screen in a major role with major black actors you were and will [always] be black excellence love you for life and beyond.”
“RIP John Singleton,” fellow filmmaker Jordan Peele tweeted. “So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.”
In a statement to Page Six, ICM Partners, which signed Singleton in 2014, said Singleton left an “indelible mark on the world through his masterful artistry” and that “his films and the incredible influence they had they had will be studied forever.”
Singleton leaves behind his mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and seven children: Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven.
Details about memorial services will be provided at a later date.
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