Boyz N The Hood Director John Singleton Has Died

Legendary director John Singleton has died at the age of 51 after his family made the decision to turn off his life support.

A family statement was released to Empire and NPR, which said: "This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors.

"John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighbourhood in which he grew up.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"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."

Singleton suffered a stroke two weeks ago and the family was forced to make the decision on whether to keep him breathing or not.

He became the youngest ever person at 23 to be nominated for an Academy Award for directing the Boyz N The Hood, a teen hood drama that focused on what life was like growing up in the streets of Los Angeles.

Celebrities who have starred in his movies or who were close to him have been paying tribute to the director, writer and producer.

Ice Cube wrote on Twitter: "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."

Samuel L Jackson added: "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!"

Director Ron Howard said: "Sad sad news. Such a good director and so well regarded everywhere he went. We will miss his work and his storytelling voice. RIP #JohnSingleton"

Jordan Peele wrote: "RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything."

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