John Singleton ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director Taken Off Life Support Dies at 51

Director John Singleton, of “Boyz N the Hood,” died on April 29, 2019. He was 51 years old.

On April 17, Singleton went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after feeling ill and while there suffered a stroke, and was brought to the ICU.

On April 29 the family announced that Singleton would be removed from life support. The family said in a statement that it was the most difficult decision a family would have to make. They also said that they decided to remove Singleton from life support after consulting his doctors.

Singleton’s 1991 film debut “Boyz N the Hood” released in 1991 received Oscar nomination for directing and original screenplay.

Singleton, at age 24 was the youngest director to be nominated and the first African American to be nominated for the Oscar in those categories.

The director would become a role model and influence for other African American filmmakers including Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele.

Singleton also directed and wrote:

1993 – “Poetic Justice” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur
1995 – “Higher Learning” starring Michael Rappaport, Kristy Swanson, and Omar Epps
2000 – “Shaft” remake starring Samuel L. Jackson
2001 – “Baby Boy” starring Tyrese Gibson.

He also worked on the 1997 film “Rosewood;” 2003 “2 Fast 2 Furious;” 2005 “Four Brothers;” and 2011 “Abduction.”

Singleton said he used $4 million of his personal money to produce the 2005 film “Hustle & Flow.” Terrence Howard got nominated for an Academy Award for his role. The movie won best original song for “It’s A Hard Out Here For A Pimp.”

Singleton most recently worked on the FX drama “Snowfall” which was set to start its third season in September.

Written by Barbara Sobel


The Hollywood Reporter: John Singleton, Trailblazing Writer-Director of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ Dies at 51
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