Filmmaker John Singleton Dead At Age 51

Famed filmmaker John Singleton passed away on Monday, April 29 after his family had taken him off life support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 51 year old director, who was behind popular movies like Boyz N the Hood, Baby Boy, and Rosewood had suffered from a recent stroke back on April 17 and went in a coma.

“John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” Singleton’s family told CNN in a statement. “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.”

Singleton was the youngest person and African American in history to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Director for Boyz N the Hood at the age of 24 and the film chronicled his experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles.

He was also responsible for the remake of Shaft, and 2 Fast 2 Furious, the 2003 sequel in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He also directed Poetic Justice starring Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson as well as Michael Jackson’s 1992 classic “Remember the Time” music video.

Some of his industry friends, including Ludacris, Juicy J, and Ice Cube took to social media to remember the legendary director, and grieving his loss.