John Singleton, Oscar-nominated director of Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, and Increased Studying, has handed away on the age of 51.
“John handed away peacefully, surrounded by his household and mates. We wish to thank the wonderful docs at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for his or her knowledgeable care and kindness and we once more need thank all of John’s followers, mates and colleagues for all the love and assist they confirmed him throughout this tough time,” Singleton’s household mentioned in an announcement.
The filmmaker had been in a coma for the final week after suffering what was later described as a “major stroke.” Earlier Monday, Singleton’s household determined to take him off life support. “This was an agonizing choice, one which our household made, over plenty of days, with the cautious counsel of John’s docs,” the household introduced in a earlier assertion.
Born in Los Angeles on January sixth, 1968, Singleton was raised by Sheila Ward-Johnson, a pharmaceutical gross sales government, and Danny Singleton, an actual property agent and monetary planner. After graduating from Blair Excessive Faculty, he enrolled at Pasadena Metropolis Faculty, which led to his movie research on the USC Faculty of Cinematic Arts.
In 1991, a 12 months after receiving his diploma at USC, Singleton delivered his debut, Boyz n the Hood. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, Ice Dice, and Laurence Fishburne, the inside metropolis drama earned a number of Academy Award nominations, together with Greatest Authentic Screenplay and Greatest Director, the latter making a then-24-year-old Singleton the youngest nominee and the primary black filmmaker to be nominated for the award.
The next 12 months, Singleton would direct the FX-driven music video for Michael Jackson’s international smash, “Keep in mind the Time”, which featured blockbuster star Eddie Murphy and Lakers legend Magic Johnson. He would preserve issues within the Jackson household for 1993’s Poetic Justice, which noticed the king of Pop’s sister Janet Jackson star alongside Tupac Shakur and obtain an Oscar nomination for her hit single “Once more”.
Shortly after, Singleton reunited with Fishburne and Ice Dice for his third function, 1995’s Increased Studying, which earned Fishburne an NAACP Picture Award for “Excellent Supporting Actor in a Movement Image” and Ice Dice a nomination. Two years later, Singleton tried his hand at an historic drama with 1997’s Rosewood, which starred Ving Rhames and was primarily based on true-life story of the 1923 Rosewood bloodbath in Florida.
The aughts noticed Singleton embrace the Hollywood blockbuster, whereas additionally retaining his roots. In 2000, he teamed up with Samuel L. Jackson to ship a sequel/reboot of Richard Roundtree’s iconic Shaft franchise, whereas returning to his roots a 12 months later with the coming-of-age story Child Boy. The movie starred Tyrese Gibson, who he would pair with the now-late Paul Walker within the first of many sequels, 2 Quick 2 Livid.
Though he struggled along with his following two movies — 2005’s 4 Brothers and 2011’s Abduction — Singleton finally discovered one other life on tv. After directing episodes for Fox’s Empire and FX’s American Crime Story, he created two of his personal exhibits: BET’s Insurgent and FX’s Snowfall. The previous was canceled after one season, whereas the latter was renewed for a 3rd season that premieres later this 12 months.
Singleton is survived by his 5 kids.