John Singleton

Pioneering Academy Award nominated director John Singleton passed away today after suffering a stroke nearly two weeks ago.

He was 51.

A family spokesperson told that Singleton passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends.

“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,” the family said in a statement.

Earlier on Monday, the family decided to remove Singleton from life support at Cedars, where he had been in the ICU unit since suffering the stroke 13 days earlier.

Singleton made history with his Academy Award nominations for his breakthrough film “Boyz N the Hood.”

At the tender age of 24, he became the youngest person ever to receive a Best Director nomination – and the first black person nominated. The film also earned him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nod.

“Boyz N the Hood” launched the careers of Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube and Nia Long – and cemented Singleton’s place as a Hollywood heavy hitter.

The film was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2002.

Known for his work as a screenwriter and producer as well as a director, Singleton has more than a dozen films to his credit in the nearly 30 years since “Boyz N the Hood.” Among them include “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Rosewood,” a reboot of “Shaft,” “Baby Boy,” “Four Brothers” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

“My prayers go out today to John Singleton and his family,” said fellow black filmmaker Robert Townsend. “May God bless the young cinematic king who gave us images that will stay with us forever.”

“Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton,” said actor Samuel L. Jackson. “He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!!

Singleton is survived by his mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.

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