John Singleton, the first African-American to earn an Oscar nomination for best director for Boyz N the Hood, has died at 51.
Singleton suffered a major stroke earlier in the month and was admitted to the hospital. On Monday, his family decided to remove him from life support as previously reported. He passed a few hours after.
In a statement, the family said Singleton died surrounded by loved ones.
“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. 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.”
Singleton is best known for his claim to fame with Boyz N the Hood, but he also brought his magic to films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Baby Boy, Four Brothers and series like Billions, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Empire. Most recently, he co-created and executive produced the current FX hit drama series Snowfall.
Singleton is survived by his mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.
Details about memorial services will be provided at a later date.