John Singleton, the primary African American nominated for an Academy Award for Finest Director — whose embellished profession spanned almost three many years in Hollywood — has died … TMZ has realized.
A Singleton household rep says he handed “peacefully, surrounded by his household and associates.” The information comes greater than every week after the famed director suffered an enormous stroke. As we first reported … John’s mother, Shelia Ward, filed authorized docs asking the decide to nominate her momentary conservator as a result of he was “unable to correctly present for his private wants for bodily well being, meals, clothes, or shelter.” He had been in a coma in ICU on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle in L.A.
The “Boyz n the Hood” director suffered the stroke 12 days in the past after getting back from Costa Rica and experiencing issues along with his legs. He checked himself into Cedars the place he suffered a stroke on April 17 in his hospital room.
John directed 9 movies … together with “Poetic Justice,” “Greater Studying,” “4 Brothers” and “2 Quick 2 Livid.” He additionally has a number of high-profile producer credit to his title … together with the critically acclaimed movie “Hustle & Circulation.” He co-created the FX hit collection “Snowfall” and directed episodes of “The Individuals v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” in addition to “Empire” and “Billions.”
John’s burst to stardom got here simply 2 years after he graduated from USC. He was solely 24 years previous when he made his directorial debut … and the world observed, incomes him an Oscar nomination in 1992 for Finest Director. He additionally earned a nomination for Finest Authentic Screenplay.
He closely guarded the undertaking from begin to end … solely permitting the ‘Breakfast Membership’ director John Hughes to learn his script. Raised in South Central L.A. and paired with the very fact ‘Boyz’ was set in the identical space — John refused to let anybody else direct his movie.
The transfer paid off … as a result of in 2002 it was chosen for preservation within the Nationwide Movie Registry.
John’s household mentioned, “Like many African Individuals, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. Greater than 40% of African American women and men have hypertension, which additionally develops earlier in life and is often extra extreme. His household desires to share the message with all to please acknowledge the signs by going to Coronary heart.org.”
The household additionally revealed one thing we did not know. He kayaked in Marina del Rey each morning. In addition they mentioned his best pleasure aside from making motion pictures was crusing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast.
The household added, “We who’ve grown up with John, made motion pictures with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for thus many. Now within the wake of his dying, we should navigate the storm with out him. It’s, for us, heartbreaking.”
John was married solely as soon as … to Ghanaian actress Akosua Gyamama Busia in October 1996. They divorced a 12 months later. He is survived by his mother and seven youngsters.
John was 51.