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‘Boyz N the Hood’ director John Singleton dies of a stroke at the age of 51

Many celebrities paid tribute to Singleton

by Hermeen Shahid

‘Boyz N the Hood’ director John Singleton dies of a stroke at the age of 51. Many celebrities paid tribute to Singleton.

Singleton was taken off life-support on Monday, 29 April according to his family. The Oscar-nominated director was taken to the hospital on 17 April where he went into a coma.

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The news of his passing was confirmed by Singleton’s family to E! News. They said, “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.”

Singleton became the first African-American filmmaker and the youngest person to be nominated for the best director category at the Academy Awards in 1992 with his debut feature ‘Boyz N The Hood.’

The Academy shared their condolences on Instagram, writing, “The youngest-ever Best Director nominee and an inspiration to us all. John Singleton, you will be greatly missed.”

Samuel L. Jackson also shared his remorse on Twitter. “Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton,” he wrote. “He blazed the trail for many young filmmakers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!”

Janet Jackson who starred in Singleton’s film ‘Poetic Justice’ wrote on Instagram, “You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers. ”

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You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers. 💜

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I really didnt want to believe I’d to have to write something like this about John. I am a believer of miracles. Alas…I met John when my older sister Kelly enrolled at USC in 1986 & quickly became friends with a group of fun loving, black, creative masterminds. They called themselves the “Black Pack” I was 13 then and in awe of how loud and proud they were. Each friend contributing a different vibe and talent. By the time I turned 18 they chaperoned (yeah right 🤗) my birthday party. When I transferred to UCLA they promised my family they would look out for me & they did. The entire time I’ve been in Hollywood I knew I had big brothers who had my back & that knowledge gave me wings. While they all accomplished so much, there was John breaking barrier after barrier making dreams into reality and never losing that loud and proud, by any means necessary mentality. Flash forward decades and I’d run into him in the islands or Miami and we’d laugh in awe and glee at how far we’d both come. I will forever be grateful to the Black Pack & John Singleton. You showed me exactly what we can do when we stick together. Love & Light to all his loved ones and fans. Hold onto one another, we are greater together. Rest in eternal peace 🙏🏾🙏🏾

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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 what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright💜

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I met @johnsingleton as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day… awareness, openness and above all-enthusiasm! Over the years he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number.

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I Will Forever Miss My Brother John Singleton. We Met While He Was A Film Student At USC. Over Many Years People Have Told Me “I’m Going To Be A Filmmaker”, When John Said That To Me The 1st Time We Met, I Believed Him Right Away. It Was No Surprise. With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did. From Day One, We Have Remained Close Over The Decades, Cheering Each Other On In This Industry That Is Not Set Up For Us To Win. John Singleton’s Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.

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This one really hurts. Every day, every person is a gift from God. Love you John.

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Like many of us when I heard the news I wished it wasn’t true. John is a true visionary and social leader. Through his arts he shared many of our truths, and I can honestly say without his works I may have not been given the chance to express myself in this industry. I’m posting this not in his memory but to speak positive energy around his spirit. So we can have more time with him and his soul 🙏🏾

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My guy!!!! You’ll be missed!!! #icon #legend #rebel #trailblazer 100

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Rest in peace John Singleton.



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