Boyz N the Hood director, John Singleton, passed away Monday, April 29, following a stroke that recently put him in a coma. The accomplished director checked himself into the hospital for leg pain, following his return from a trip to Costa Rica. It was there he suffered a massive stroke and soon after, fell into a coma.
“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died,” John’s family confirmed to E! News. “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.”
In a statement released by John’s publicist, his family said, “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.”
John is best known for directing the 1991 hit film, Boyz N the Hood, where received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director at the age of 24. John is also known for the films Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995) and Rosewood (1997) among others. Since then the 51-year-old has served as an executive producer of the crime drama series Rebelf or BET and co-created Snowfall for FX.
John is survived by his mother Sheila and 7 children. He was 51.
Celebrities such as Samuel Jackson, Jordan Peele and TK took to social media to remember John and share their feelings of loss.
“Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!,” Samuel L Jackson wrote on Twitter.
“RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything,” added Jordan Peele.
Halle Berry said, “Sending all the love in my heart to John Singleton and his family during this time.”
Our thoughts go out to John’s family at this difficult time. R.I.P John.
Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019
RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019