Director John Singleton Has Died at Age 51

Director John Singleton passed away Monday after suffering a stroke 13 days ago. The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director behind such groundbreaking films as “Boyz N the Hood” and “Poetic Justice” was just 51.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Singleton family said in a statement, "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.”

John’s family announced early Monday that they would be taking Singleton off of life support, saying, “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. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors," a portion of a statement said, reported Deadline.

The entertainment industry mourned the influential filmmaker on social media, sharing words of support and expressing the impact his inspiring work had on their lives.

Actress Tika Sumpter tweeted, “You made a girl want to be in film. Thank you so much for your work John Singleton. Rest in peace and power.”

Jordan Peele wrote, “RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.”

Chance the Rapper tweeted, “Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you.”

“Rest in Power, my friend,” Regina King said.

Nick Cannon wrote a lengthy message on Instagram, calling Singleton “one of the greats” who always had his back.

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Damn, this was just the other week ago... I hate doing these post and social media tributes because deep in my heart I don’t feel like they are truly sincere or can even measure up to who we are as people. Is this really for John or just for the likes??? Do we value the attention or the Spirit??? I’m still confused by it all. But brotha this was our last conversation and though I sensed something was up, you took the time to come out and support me and whispered some power wisdom and words of encouragement in my ear. Meant so much to me, knowing that one of the greats had my back! I was humbled then and even more humbled now, that you just took the time. A true Jegna , Visionary, King that wasn’t too self-absorbed to pour into others. You’ve given so many people opportunities and fed into your community with your art and creative leadership. I salute your Eternal Spirit and your work will live on forever. Fight the good fight! Undying Spirit! #Faithful Job Well Done King!🙏🏾 @JohnSingleton

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Our hearts go out to John Singleton’s family and friends.


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