Tributes and mixed reactions have continued to pour in from colleague filmmakers, directors, actors and fans of “Boys N the Hood‘ Director, John Singleton who died today after a stroke.
Naija News reports that the family of the African-American film-maker earlier, today announced that he Singleton had been placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a stroke several weeks ago, and his family had earlier made known their intention to take the filmmaker off life support.
“John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” they said in a statement quoted by media including USA Today and NBC News.
Singleton who died at 51 was the youngest writer-director and first African American to achieve the distinction, as his movie “Boyz n the Hood” won Oscar nominations as best directed and best original screenplay.
“Boyz n the Hood, a movie that described youth and violence in South Central Los Angeles, the bleak, gang-ridden neighborhood of his childhood, obviously touched fans and those who were in the same shoes.
American actors and actresses such as Kevin Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Wendell Pierce, Maya Angelou as well as fans took to their Twitter handles to pay tribute to him and also offer their condolences to the family of the uncommon Film Director.
Farewell my filmmaking friend! Your Boyz story and your laser disc commentary inspired me back before I shot my first film. You made me believe I might be able to be like you: heard. Thank you for leading, John. Wish we had one last chance to talk comics again… #JohnSingleton pic.twitter.com/jZvCxNIIsw
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 29, 2019
Cube,John Singleton, 2Pac & Me.
Poetic Justice Wrap party which I had a barely noticeable part in that JOHN told me I was to good for,I told him I would do Craft Service on the film.He also told me one day I’ll give you a a great part & he did on Higher Learning.#JohnSingleton pic.twitter.com/ZuvdXraZgK
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 29, 2019
Boyz N the Hood
Hustle & Flow
Thank you for all you gave and the messages you spoke to the culture.
RIP #JohnSingleton pic.twitter.com/YvWkXNt15K
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 30, 2019
#JohnSingleton was a skilled director who spoke of creating stories that will illuminate the humanity of our people,African Americans past & present (Rosewood & Boyz in the Hood). He celebrated the contribution we make to the human diaspora. A true artist, legacy secured. RIP pic.twitter.com/2yZfCDcpaW
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 29, 2019
Saddened to learn that legendary director & pioneer John Singleton has passed away. My condolences to his family #RIP #JohnSingleton pic.twitter.com/mKrahYsdDV
— Iman Abdulmajid (@The_Real_IMAN) April 29, 2019
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning." Maya Angelou. We celebrate #JohnSingleton's life and works he created by using the human voice and his vision to impact and challenge our human family. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/Xq4e7okYjJ
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) April 30, 2019
"Either they dont know,
or dont care about whats going on in the hood." ~Doughboy #BoyzNTheHood
Thank you for caring.
Rest peacefully, John Singleton.#JohnSingleton #JohnSingletonAppreciationDay #RIPJohnSingleton
— Susan Kelechi Watson (@skelechiwatson) April 30, 2019
RIP to my dear friend and brother #JohnSingleton. pic.twitter.com/nktdwJ5RzO
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) April 29, 2019