Director John Singleton has died from a major stroke he suffered from two weeks ago.
John Singleton suffered a major stroke on April 17th, and had been hospitalised in Los Angeles ever since. He reportedly fell ill upon returning to L.A. from a trip to Costa Rica. It is believed that his family made the agonising decision to remove him from life support, following conflicting reports yesterday that the prolific director had already died.
His family have said in a statement, "It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today. This was an agonising decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors."
Singleton was known for being the youngest ever Oscar-nomiated director for 'Boyz n the Hood' at the age of 24. He also went on to direct 'Shaft', 'Rosewood', and '2 Fast 2 Furious'. He also went on to direct episode of 'Billions', 'American Crime Story', and 'Empire'.
His family have released a statement on his passing, which documents his 51 years of life. They say that Singleton "was a loving and supporting father, son, brother and friend who believed in a higher education", and he worked with Tupac Shakur, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Regina King. You can read the full statement below.
— Jummy Olabanji (@Jummy4NY) April 29, 2019
Tributes have been pouring in for the director, who was a powerful advocate for allowing black people a voice in the movie industry. Among those who have made comment on his passing are actors Samuel L. Jackson, Viola Davis, singer Janelle Monaé, performer Chance the Rapper, and director Jordan Peele.
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
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
JOHN SINGLETON . A GENIUS .
Thank you for capturing US like no other . 😭🙏🏽🖤
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 29, 2019
Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you
— Chance The Rapper Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) 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
Via Yahoo News.