John Singleton Dead At 51

Director John Singleton speaks about his experiences directing actor Samuel L. Jackson at the American Cinematheque tribute honoring Jackson in Beverly Hills, California, December 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Director John Singleton speaks at the American Cinematheque trib­ute hon­or­ing Samuel L. Jackson in Beverly HIlls

John Singleton, who made his direc­to­r­i­al debut with the acclaimed film “Boyz n the Hood” about young men strug­gling in a gang-rid­den Los Angeles neigh­bor­hood, died on Monday at the age of 51, his fam­i­ly said, days after he suf­fered a stroke.

We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died,” the fam­i­ly said in a state­ment. “John passed away peace­ful­ly, sur­round­ed by his fam­i­ly and friends.“Earlier on Monday, the fam­i­ly said it had made the “ago­niz­ing deci­sion” to with­draw life sup­port from Singleton, who was being cared for at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles since hav­ing a stroke on April 17.

Singleton was a native of South Central Los Angeles, the com­mu­ni­ty that was the set­ting for “Boyz n the Hood,” a dra­ma about friend­ship amid the per­il of gang violence.He became the first African-American and the youngest per­son to be nom­i­nat­ed for an Academy award for best direc­tor, at age 24, for the movie, which he also wrote.

Singleton lat­er direct­ed films such as action film “2 Fast 2 Furious” and his­tor­i­cal dra­ma “Rosewood.” He also direct­ed episodes of TV shows includ­ing “Empire” and “Billions.“Most recent­ly, Singleton was the co-cre­ator and exec­u­tive pro­duc­er of FX net­work TV series “Snowfall” about the start of the cocaine epi­dem­ic in Los Angeles.

His fam­i­ly said Singleton was “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 neigh­bor­hood in which he grew up.“He also “loved noth­ing more than giv­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to new tal­ent” includ­ing Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Ice Cube and Taraji P. Henson, the fam­i­ly said.

Hollywood celebri­ties paid trib­ute to Singleton on Monday.“John was a brave artist and a true inspi­ra­tion. His vision changed every­thing,” film­mak­er Jordan Peele wrote on Twitter.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine;‑film-director-john-singleton-taken-off-life-184123922.html;_ylt=AwrC3O94tsdcXXoA9QAPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–