Flowers were placed on the Walk of Fame star honoring Oscar-nominated director John Singleton Tuesday, one day after he was removed from life support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a massive stroke earlier this month.
Singleton’s family announced Monday that they had made the “agonizing decision” to remove him from life support. By early afternoon, Singleton had died. He was 51.
“John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” according to a statement released by the family’s publicist. “We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want to thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”
Singleton suffered a stroke earlier this month at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had gone complaining of leg pain.
Singleton, who also directed “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the 2000 remake of “Shaft,” grew up in South Los Angeles, attended USC and produced the A&E documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.”
He also co-created the FX series “Snowfall,” about the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Its third season is scheduled to begin later this year.
But it was Singleton’s directorial debut with “Boyz n the Hood,” for which he also wrote the screenplay, that defined his career. Singleton received Oscar nominations for best director and best original screenplay. He was the first African-American ever nominated for the best-director Oscar, as well as being the youngest-ever nominee in the category.
Thomas Schlamme, president of the Directors Guild of America, said that with “Boyz n the Hood,” Singleton “exploded into Hollywood, our culture and our consciousness with such a powerful cinematic depiction of life in the inner city.”
Singleton received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 26, 2003.
“John grew up in South Central L.A. with a love of cinema that showed itself early on,” according to his family’s statement. “He went on to become one of the most lauded graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Within months of graduating, John returned to South Central to shoot his debut feature, `Boyz n the Hood.’ The movie, which was unusually shot in sequence, masterfully captured a story of friendship, youth and the peril of hard choices in a community marred by gang violence.”
The family noted that Singleton took pride in providing opportunities to new talent, including Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
“One of the greatest ever to do it,” King wrote on her Instagram page. “Thank you God for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright.”
Singleton’s family noted that “like many African-Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe. His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org.”
Singleton is survived by his mother, Sheila Ward; his father, Danny Singleton; and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven.
The family said details about memorial services will be provided at a later date.