Eight days after suffering a stroke, Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton fell into a coma. Today, his family decided to take him off of life support. The director was 51. Many of his colleagues came forward with condolences, including actors that had worked with him on his groundbreaking films, including Poetic Justice and 8 Mile.
“John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” Singleton’s family told CNN. “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 was the first African American filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar. He was also the youngest ever nominated, earning the nod at just 24. He would later go on to work in TV, which may be part of why he became such an enduring part of the entertainment landscape and fostered close friendships with so many people that he worked with. Many expressed sadness over the director’s death on social media, posting tributes and remembrances.