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Shocker: John Singleton dead, Boyz N the Hood director dies at 51

Shocker: John Singleton dead, Boyz N the Hood director dies at 51

Entertainment icon, director John Singleton is dead. In a tragic twist of fate,  the groundbreaking director of “Boyz n the Hood” and “Poetic Justice” died Monday after suffering a stroke and being taken off life support days later. Singleton was 51 years old.

A rep for the family released this statement: “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. 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.”
On April 17, the popular filmmaker suffered a fatal stroke. His family revealed he also “quietly struggled with hypertension.”

His health took a turn for the worst, and On Monday, his family announced “with heavy hearts” their decision to take the famed director off of life support. John singleton died without recovering consciousness.

In the early nineties,  a young man broke and made history. Singleton, a native of Los Angeles, received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for  his movie “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 ever Best Director nominee. He was just 23 years old at the time.

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His more recent works are quite notable. His films like “Rosewood and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”  were critical and commercial successes.  He also worked on TV hit shows including “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Empire.”

 

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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.”

Celebrities and notable Hollywood names came out on social media to pay tribute to the late director.

Rapper Snoop Dogg who had worked with Singleton  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.”

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Singleton is survived by his Father and mother and his seven children.

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