American movie director,John Singleton has died at the age of 51 after a stroke that left him in a coma.
His family said in a statement on Monday that he had “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,”
Singleton, best known for the film, Boyz n the Hood, was taken off life support on earlier in the day after suffering a stroke, his family said in a prior statement. It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” they said. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
In 1991, Singleton became the first black filmmaker as well as the youngest at just 23 years old to be nominated for an Oscar for “Boyz n the Hood.” His other films include “Poetic Justice,” starring Janet Jackson, and his recent projects include the TV series “Snowfall.”
The native of South Central Los Angeles, Singleton graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1990. Two years later, he became the youngest person and first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his debut 1991 film Boyz n the Hood,at the age of 24.
In 2002, “Boyz N the Hood’ was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which called it “an innovative look at life and the tough choices present for kids growing up in South Central Los Angeles.”