Director John Singleton Passes Away at Age 51

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"Like many of us when I heard the news I wished it wasn't true".

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On social media, filmmakers and actors such as Jordan Peele, Regina King, and Robert Townsend responded to reports that Singleton had died, praising the director's work and reflecting on his many kindnesses.

Oscar nominated film director John Singleton died after his family opted to take him off life support Monday. "John is now in the ICU and under great medical care", his family said in a statement on April 20.

John had checked himself into hospital after complaining of "weakness" in his leg after flying home from Costa Rica, and on April 17, he suffered a stroke and was placed in an ICU to be monitored closely.

Page Six reported on April 27 that Singleton's daughter, Cleopatra, was disputing the claims made that said her father was in a coma.

She said that her son was involved in a number of business ventures and recently agreed to sign a sizable settlement agreement.

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The conservatorship would be established to prevent a "substantial financial loss".

"John didn't just make his feature film debut in 1991 with "Boyz n the Hood, ' he exploded into Hollywood, our culture and our consciousness with such a powerful cinematic depiction of life in the inner city". It also made him both the first black filmmaker nominated for the Best Director Oscar, as well as the youngest.

Singleton, who also directed "Poetic Justice, " "Higher Learning, " "2 Fast 2 Furious" and the 2000 remake of "Shaft, " grew up in South Los Angeles, attended USC and produced the A&E documentary "L.A". He was a producer of some of his own films as well as "Hustle and Flow" (2005) and "Black Snake Moan" (2006). After 2011's Abduction with Taylor Lautner fizzled, Singleton turned to television, directing episodes of The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Empire, and creating drug crime serial Snowfall for FX.

"[Studio executives say] 'We're going to take your stories but, you know what?"

Singleton, second right, is seen surrounded by members of his family at a 2003 ceremony honouring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

He continued that "the black films now [are] great films". They're not moving the bar forward creatively ...

"They're not moving the bar forward creatively ... when you try to make it homogenised, when you try to make it appeal to everybody, then you don't have anything that's special". He is survived by his mother and father and his seven children.