John Singleton is dead. He was the first African American to be nominated for a best director Oscar for his 1991 film, “Boyz n the Hood” which he wrote and directed. He was also the youngest nominee at 24.
The groundbreaking filmmaker died following complications of a stroke.
His family revealed on Monday that Singleton, 51, who quietly coped with hypertension, had been taken off life support after suffering a stroke April 17.
His death prompted tributes for the writer/director whose singular filmmaking voice began with his stunning debut “Boyz N the Hood,” which brought the harsh life realities of young black men in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood to light.
Singleton has also directed acclaimed movies like “Higher Learning”, “Poetic Justice”, “Four Brothers” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.” He also has several high-profile producer credits to his name … including the critically acclaimed film “Hustle & Flow.” He co-created the FX hit series “Snowfall” and directed episodes of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” as well as “Empire” and “Billions.”