African American movie director for “Boyz in the Hood” John Singleton died Monday due to complications from a stroke he suffered almost two weeks ago. He passed at age 51 which was confirmed by his family that he was taken off life support. “John Singleton left an indelible mark on the world through his masterful artistry, and uncompromising humanity, ” talent agency ICM Partners, which signed Singleton in 2014, said in a statement. “He was a visionary filmmaker and social commentator who created a path for a new generation of filmmaker, many of whom he mentored, in a way they never saw possible.”
After suffering a stroke April 17 while in hospital, the Academy Award-nominated director was placed in a medically-induced coma. He reportedly had checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after experiencing weakness in his leg, according to TMZ. Singleton’s family said Monday he had hypertension, which is blood pressure that puts more stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
At the young age of 24, Singleton became the youngest and the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination for best director and best original screenplay for “Boyz n the Hood,” starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Regina King, and Laurence Fishburne. “Boyz n the Hood,” the 1991 crime-drama, centered on the three friends growing up during the gang and drug culture in South Central Los Angeles, became one of Singleton’s most notable films and remains a classic to this day.
Singleton directed a number of iconic films that examined the complexities of inner-city life and coming of age for African Americans, including “Poetic Justice” and “Baby Boy.” He’s also behind the movies “Abduction,” “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Rosewood” and “Four Brothers.” Furthermore, Singleton recently created and was executive producer of the FX drama “Snowfall,”about the start of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles and it’s ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, ” according to FX Networks. In September, the show was renewed for a third season.