Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton died at age of 51 on April, 29 after he suffered a stroke on April 17. He was the youngest nominee director for Academy award at the age of 24. His family released his death statement on their site.
“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,” his family said in a statement. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
The academy award nominated director was described as “a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up” in the family’s statement.
Many of his friends and contemporaries actors took to social media to pay condolences including Devon Aoki, Tyra Banks, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Morris Chestnut, Snoop Dogg, Omar Epps, Tyrese Gibson, Omar Gooding, Cole Hauser, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Isaacs, Janet Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina King, Taylor Lautner, Nia Long, Lori Petty, Q-Tip, Michael Rapaport, Busta Rhymes, Kristy Swanson and Mark Wahlberg.
“Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you, GOD, for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you, John! Your spirit will forever shine bright” –Regina King
“Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young filmmakers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!” –Samuel L. Jackson
“I met John as a recently graduated first-time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day…awareness, openness and above all, enthusiasm! Over the years, he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number.” –Angela Bassett
“God Bless this guy. John Singleton Damn. Such a nice guy.Talented guy. Generous Gave so many people their Big Breaks. What a nice loyal guy he was. #johnsingleton Literally gave me the opportunity of my career. Was so supportive t& was my biggest fan making Higher Learning” –Michael Rapaport
There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John. #RunIntoHisArms pic.twitter.com/wKfOaCGFuA
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 29, 2019
"I'm a director, but I'm also a teacher. I'm a lover of cinema, and I love working with people who are hungry and have the energy to really do better work." RIP John Singleton, a filmmaker who made history and refused to let the industry place limits upon his powerful creativity. pic.twitter.com/GSpXhozywv
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) April 29, 2019