Oscar-nominated director John Singleton has died at the age of 51.
The filmmaker, famed for his work on projects such as Boyz n the Hood, Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, passed away after suffering a stroke.
On April 17, 2019, Singleton suffered a stroke and was placed under intensive care. He reportedly began to experience weakness in his legs after returning to the United States from a trip to Costa Rica. After being placed in a coma, the incredibly difficult decision was eventually made to turn off his life support machine.
“John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” Singleton’s family said. “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.”
Back in 1992, at the age of 24, Singleton became the youngest person—and first African American—to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director following his pioneering work on Boyz n the Hood, the film based on his and many other people’s experiences of growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
Rapper and actor Ice Cube, who worked with Singleton in Boyz N The Hood and Higher Learning, said: “There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend and mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world.”
Singleton is survived by his mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.