John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated director and writer of such film as Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, Shaft, Baby Boy and Higher Learning died Monday following complications of a stroke. He was 51.
He was taken off life support on Monday afternoon, mere days after it was revealed that he had suffered a “major stroke” and was in a coma.
“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 to thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the Singleton family said in a statement.
Many celebrities, filmmakers, peers and more offered condolences to Singleton as news of his health fluctuated over the course of Monday. His death was reported early Monday morning by news outlet Fox 4 and it circulated before a spokesperson said that Singleton was still in a coma on life support. His family released a joint statement hours later, announcing the decision to end life support.
“I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton,” Ice Cube wrote. “He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90”
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RIP John Singleton, whose films poignantly depicted, humanized & articulated the beauty & struggle of S. Central & L.A. life as well as anyone. The best filmmaker of the hip hop generation, a creator of vivid 3-dimensional characters whose work eternally defined a place & time. pic.twitter.com/7zOpDRwldK— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) 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
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… https://t.co/SlQGwDEHU7— Regina King (@ReginaKing) April 29, 2019
JOHN SINGLETON . A GENIUS .— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) April 29, 2019
Thank you for capturing US like no other . 😭🙏🏽🖤
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
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
Cookie and I are deeply saddened to hear about the untimely passing of our friend and outstanding filmmaker John Singleton.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2019
John Singleton was a visionary and exceptional artist whose work I’ve always deeply admired. I only met him once, but I was so happy when I did and to find him filled with nothing but kindness, support, and encouragement. All prayers to his loved ones. May he forever rest.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) April 29, 2019
I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019
This is me & john Singleton on text in 2017 talking about doing a three six mafia biopic If this would had happened we would have won another Oscar for Best Picture John Singleton is a genius he knew the culture he helped us all I love you bro pic.twitter.com/yYo62kOSdv— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 29, 2019
New favorite pic of John Singleton ✊🏾💔😢 pic.twitter.com/zIx044JTPj— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 29, 2019
The best life is when we leave a trail. We leave something on this earth bigger than us. John Singleton....you inspired a generation of Artists. We will shoulder on....'May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest". RIP— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 29, 2019
I cannot believe this man is gone at such a young age. He was always encouraging, supportive, and gracious to me. I will be calling his and his family’s name in my prayers tonight. Heartbroken and shocked. May God add peace and rest to your ascending soul Mr. John Singleton. pic.twitter.com/5PFug6LQJO— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) April 29, 2019
Never allow anyone to place limits on your greatness and capabilities.— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) April 29, 2019
Rest In Peace, John Singleton. pic.twitter.com/rxnEDC2l1e
God Bless this guy.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 29, 2019
John Singleton Damn.
Such a nice guy.Talented guy.Generous
Gave so many people there 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 pic.twitter.com/c2xSCXfg2C