Despite conflicting reports early yesterday, the day ended with the terrible news: John Singleton has died. The 51-year-old, who as we told you before suffered a stroke on April 17th, was removed from life support yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. According to a family statement, “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends” a few hours later.
Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and attended USC film school. He turned his student thesis into the screenplay for 1991’s “Boyz ‘n the Hood.” Even though he was fresh out of college, he insisted on directing it when Columbia Pictures wanted to option it. That film earned him Oscar nominations for original screenplay and directing. At 24, he was the youngest person ever to earn a directing nod and the first Black director to get one.
John would go on to direct “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” and a remake of “Shaft,” as well as others. He also did Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video with Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. He later ventured into producing and TV. His most recent project was “Snowfall” for FX. Hollywood is mourning the loss of this legend.
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