Revered by his peers in Hollywood, John Singleton has now been taken off life support by the request of his family. The 51 year old director, screenwriter, and producer is mostly known for directing the urban film “Boyz n the Hood” released in 1991.
He was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He was the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated. During this time, he was only 24 years old.
John is married to Akosua Busia who is a Ghanaian actress, film director, author and songwriter. She lives in U.K. Busia and is known for her work on the film “The Color Purple” released in 1985. The film also starred actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg.
Regarding taking John off life support, the family certainly struggled with the decision but they later released the following statement:
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” Singleton’s family said in a statement via his spokesperson. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
Weeks after suffering a stroke, John Singleton fell into a coma back on April 17th. He later checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He reportedly was suffering from weakness in his leg, according to what TMZ said.
Singleton has previously suffered from hypertension. This causes stress on blood vessels among other important organs in the body. Having high blood pressure, can lead to many things if not treated properly.
The family also said the following on Monday:
“We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.”
Singleton directed a number of iconic films that examined the complexities of inner-city life and coming of age for African Americans, including “Poetic Justice” and “Baby Boy.” He’s also behind the movies “Abduction,” “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Rosewood” and “Four Brothers.”
While his work will life on, he will be missed upon his passing. Many are saddened by the news and wish that somehow he will recover.