John Singleton’s family announced that shortly after taking him off of life support today, he died. John reportedly was in a coma after suffering a major stroke after a flight from Costa Rica to Los Angeles. He was only 51.
John’s family said in a statement that they were with him when he died at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles:
“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.
We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many. Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him. It is, for us, heartbreaking.””
His family also said that he suffered from hypertension, like many African American men and women. They directed people to Heart.org to learn the symptoms of a stroke.
John Singleton was born in Los Angeles, and went to USC film school where he graduated in 1990. Just one second later, or one year if you want to be specific about it, John released the groundbreaking Boyz n the Hood, which was both a money-making and critical hit. At 24, John got an Oscar nomination for Best Director, making him the youngest person and the first African American to ever be nominated. He also got a nomination for Best Screenplay. The Library of Congress declared Boyz n the Hood as culturally significant in 2002, and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
After Boyz n the Hood, he directed and wrote Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, and Baby Boy. He also directed Rosewood, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Abduction, and an episode of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and Empire. And he directed the video for Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time.
He had seven children: Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.
Hopefully now, John’s mother Sheila Ward and his daughter Cleopatra will stop fighting and come together to work to further preserve his legacy. And by that I mean, I hope they prevent Hollywood from inevitably doing a remake of Poetic Justice starring Lil’ Xan and the Cash Me Ousside Girl. Why am I giving them ideas?
Rest in peace, John Singleton.