Influential Director John Singleton Passes Away

30 April 2019 | 9:54 am | Staff Writer

'You inspired a generation of artists.'

Influential filmmaker John Singleton is confirmed to have passed away on Monday at the age of 51. 

As NBC News reports, the Academy Award-nominated director died due to complications from a stroke he suffered two weeks ago. 

Singleton's family confirmed he "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends" in a statement.

He was perhaps best known for his 1991 directorial debut Boyz N The Hood, starring Ice Cube in his first feature, which saw Singleton score nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 1992 Oscars.

At 24, Singleton became the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director and the first African American to be nominated for the award.

"He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker," Ice Cube tweeted today.

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"There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor."

Other notable works directed by Singleton include the film clip to Michael Jackson's 1992 track, Remember The Time, as well as 1993's Poetic Justice starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and 2001's Baby Boy which featured Snoop Dogg. 

Most recently, Singleton created and worked as executive producer on FX crime drama series, Snowfall, which was confirmed to return for a third season in September last year.

As well as Ice Cube, names including Samuel L Jackson, Viola Davis and Halle Berry have paid tribute to Singleton.