'Boyz n the Hood' Director John Singleton Dead At 51
Singleton earned two Academy Award nominations for 'Boyz n the Hood', including Best Director, and was the first African-American and youngest person ever to have been nominated for the award at the age of 24.
After suffering a stroke on April 17, there were numerous conflicting reports on the health of the director, however, Singleton's family has since confirmed they had taken the filmmaker off life support after he fell into a coma, after which he passed away.
Court filings by Singleton’s mother, Sheila Ward, had previously revealed that Singleton was in a coma after having the stroke, after which Ward requested to be appointed her son’s temporary conservator to take over financial and medical decisions for him.
Today, a spokesman for Singleton's family gave a statement to the New York Post which read:
"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 agonising decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors."
“In his private life, John is a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and friend who believed in higher education, black culture, old school music and the power of film,” the statement continued.
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The 51-year-old was best known for 1992 film Boyz n the Hood, but also directed films such as Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Four Brothers and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Singleton's 19-year-old daughter Cleopatra recently blasted her grandmother's attempt to become Singleton's conservator, with a court filing reading: “She has abused this position particularly pertaining to the support of his children. Sadly my father’s allowed his mother to stay in that position out of fear and obligation to her.”
Tributes for the esteemed director have since come flooding in over social media, with Ava DuVernay, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Keith Powell among those remembering the filmmaker.
Singleton is survived by seven children, Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.