‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director John Singleton Dead After Stroke at 51

Jon Blistein

John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind films like Boyz n the Hood, Rosewood and Four Brothers, died Monday after suffering a stroke, Fox 4 Kansas City reports. He was 51.

Singleton’s family confirmed the director’s death to Fox 4 film critic, Shawn Edwards.

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Singleton was hospitalized after suffering a stroke April 17th and he later fell into a coma. Per a statement from his family, he was immediately placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues,” the family said at the time.

Singleton famously became the first black person and the youngest person to be nominated for Best Director at the 1992 Academy Awards after the massive success of his debut film, Boyz n the Hood (he was also nominated for Best Screenplay). The film cast a rare spotlight on parts of Los Angeles that weren’t Hollywood, and Singleton’s future projects like Baby Boy, Poetic Justice and the historical drama Rosewood, would grapple with similar themes of growing up amidst racism and violence.

Singleton would also make several blockbuster action movies, directing the 2000 reboot of Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson, as well as 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers and Abduction. More recently, Singleton had turned to television, directing episodes of Empire and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and creating the FX crime drama, Snowfall.

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