RIP John Singleton: ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director Dies at 51, Hollywood Reactions

Rest in peace to filmmaker John Singleton, who has passed away at the age of 51.

The director, producer and screenwriter died after suffering a stroke on April 17. He was surrounded by his family and friends when he peacefully passed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After being in the ICU unit for 13 days, his family decided to remove him from life support.

“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,” Singleton’s family said in a joint statement.

Singleton will be forever known as a trailblazer in Hollywood, taking black narrative to the mainstream and earning wide acclaim in the process. He broke out in a big way with 1991 drama Boyz N the Hood, starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut and Laurence Fishburne. Singleton became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar; he was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Singleton’s other feature films: Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Rosewood (1997), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Four Brothers (2005) and Abduction (2011). He also directed episodes of Empire, American Crime Story and Billions.

Singleton is survived by his mother, his father, and his seven children. Rest in peace.

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