Celebrated director John Singleton has officially passed away after his family decided to take him off life support on Monday. Singleton the first African-American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director died “peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.”
The Boyz n the Hood director suffered a stroke 12 days ago after returning from Costa Rica. He was experiencing problems with his legs, so he decided to check himself in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room on April 17 and has been in a medically-induced coma ever since.
The family released a joint statement that reads as follows: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.” Singleton was 51.
Singleton’s family revealed he used to kayak every morning in Marina del Rey and truly had a zest for life. “We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many,” they added. “Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him. It is, for us, heartbreaking.”
The family also revealed the mastermind behind films such as Boyz n the Hood and Poetic Justice “quietly struggled with hypertensions. More than 40 percent of African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.” Singleton’s family wants people to recognize symptoms and visit heart.org for more information.