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Director John Singleton dies after being 'taken off life support,' family says

Director John Singleton dies after being 'taken off life support,' family says”

The West Coast rap legend remembered the director on Twitter Monday night, posting a photo of the two promoting "Boyz n the Hood" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.

Last week it was reported that Singleton suffered from a stroke, and was later in a coma. He was 51 years old.

Ice Cube is mourning the death of his good friend John Singleton.

"John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up", the statement read. Singleton received Oscar nominations for best director and best original screenplay. At 24, he became the youngest person and the first African American to be nominated for the Academy Award for best director.

The 1991 drama offered a compassionate study on the challenges of life in South Central L.A., including economic hardship and 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.

"Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension".

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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