Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton passed away Monday surrounded by his family and friends. His publicist had announced earlier in the day that he remained on life support despite reports from local outlets that he had died at age 51, with the director’s family later issuing a statement he would be removed from life support. Singleton, the first black director nominated for an Oscar, had been in a medically-induced coma after suffering a major stroke earlier this month, on the 17th.
Singleton’s family issued a statement, Variety reported:
“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. 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.” — The Singleton Family.
Singleton is known for his body of films that are based around race relations and inner-city turmoil, including Boyz N The Hood and Higher Learning.