Director John Singleton dies aged 51

Director John Singleton dies aged 51

Filmmaker John Singleton, who debuted with the Oscar-nominated Boyz N The Hood and continued making movies that probed the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died aged 51.

Singleton's family said on Monday that he died after being taken off life support, about two weeks after the director suffered a major stroke.

Boyz N The Hood was based on Singleton's upbringing and shot in his old neighbourhood.

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Director John Singleton accepts the Image Award for outstanding directing in a television movie, for "Four Brothers", at the 37th annual "NAACP Image Awards" at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 25, 2006. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards honor outstanding achievements and performances of people of color as well as those individuals who promote social justice. The show airs on Fox on March 3. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Taraji P. Henson poses with Mary J. Blige and director John Singleton after receiving a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Director of "Abduction," John Singleton, poses during the world premiere of movie at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California, September 15, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 23. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director John Singleton discusses his film on former track star Marion Jones for ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary film project at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT SPORT)
Director John Singleton speaks about his experiences directing actor Samuel L. Jackson at the American Cinematheque tribute honoring Jackson in Beverly Hills, California, December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
Director John Singleton arrives as a guest at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Music composer and award recipient Quincy Jones (R) greets director John Singleton at the 5th annual Behind the Lens award ceremony in Beverly Hills, California October 24, 2006. The award was established in 2002 to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of people of color who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Director John Singleton poses with the Image award he won as outstanding director for his work in the film "Four Brothers" during the taping of the 37th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California February 25, 2006. The awards show honors the achievements in the arts by people of color and will be telecast on the FOX television network March 3. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
U.S. director John Singleton arrives before the screening of his film "Four Brothers" at the 31th American Film Festival of Deauville September 10, 2005.
Spike Lee (L) and John Singleton pose for pictures during the "Four Brothers" movie premiere in New York August 9, 2005. REUTERS/Seth Wenig SW/YH
Actor Mark Wahlberg (L) and director John Singleton pose for pictures during the "Four Brothers" movie premiere in New York August 9, 2005. REUTERS/Seth Wenig SW/YH
Director John Singleton (R) poses with his father Danny, after Singleton's star was unveiled during ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood August 26, 2003. Singleton is best known for his film "Boyz N the Hood" and current film "2 Fast 2 Furious." REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/GAC
Director John Singleton celebrates as his star is unveiled during ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood August 26, 2003. Singleton is best known for his film "Boyz N the Hood" and current film "2 Fast 2 Furious." REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP
Director John Singleton (R) poses with singer Ike Turner after Singleton's star was unveiled during ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood August 26, 2003. Singleton is best known for his film "Boyz N the Hood" and current film "2 Fast 2 Furious." REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP
Director John Singleton poses with his newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood August 26, 2003. Singleton is best known for his film "Boyz N the Hood" and current film "2 Fast 2 Furious." REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/GAC
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It starred Cuba Gooding Jr as a rebellious teen whose single mother sends him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles.

Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination.

His other films included Poetic Justice, Rosewood and Shaft.

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