Oscar-nominated writer and director John Singleton has passed away. He was 51.
The Singleton family told multiple news sources on Monday, April 29th, 2019 that “passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.”
The Singleton family spoke to the media and said, “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 continued.
John Singleton had been on life support for quite some time due to a stroke. On Monday, Singleton’s family announced that it had made the toughest decision they had to make by removing Singleton from life support. The family said that the decision had been made “over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
The statement that the family made continued with, “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.”
Singleton had been in a coma due to the stroke 12 days earlier. His family had previously stated that he had a medical episode, but few details had been made available about the severity of his condition.
The family’s statement also said: “John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career-making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson. Rest in Peace to one of the most prolific directors of this generation.
1968 – 2019