Film maker/director, John Singleton, died yesterday, 29th of April, at the age of 51 after his family decided to take him off life support.
Early on Monday, his family issued a statement announcing they had taken the “agonising decision” 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,” the statement said.
Singleton suffered from a stroke about a week ago and then slipped into a coma that he never awakened from.
Born in LA, Singleton was considered a trailblazer for African-American directors in the 1990s.
In 1992, at age 24, he became the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for the best director at the Oscars with his debut feature “Boyz N The Hood” and he offered movie goers an unflinching look at African Americans in movies like “Poetic Justice” and “Higher Learning.”
‘Boyz N The Hood’ was a commercial success that made stars out of lead actors Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube (who was already well-known for being a member of hip-hop group NWA). The movie installed Singleton as the leader of a new generation of African American film-makers aiming for mainstream influence.
Most recently he offered fans the critically acclaimed show “Snowfall,” which is an FX series about the impact of the crack epidemic on Los Angeles in the 1980s. It premiered in 2017 and was recently renewed for a third season.
Singleton is survived by five children.