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Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton dies after stroke

John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated director of Boyz N The Hood, has died aged 51, his family has confirmed.

The American filmmaker was taken off life support earlier on Monday, almost two weeks after suffering a stroke.

In a statement, his family said it was an “agonising decision, one that our family made over a number of days with the careful counsel of John’s doctors”.

Reports on Monday morning claimed Singleton had died, but a representative had said those reports were inaccurate and that he remained on life support.

The director was best known for his Oscar-nominated 1991 film Boyz N The Hood
Image: The director was best-known for his Oscar-nominated 1991 film Boyz N The Hood

Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson paid tribute to Singleton, writing on Twitter: “Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton.

“He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!”

The director, producer and actor worked on a host of film and TV projects throughout his career, but was best known for Boyz N The Hood.

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The 1991 film tells the story of the lives of young black men in the gang-dominated neighbourhood of South Central Los Angeles.

In February 1992, the then 24-year-old became the youngest person and the first African American to receive an Academy Award nomination for best director.

Starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, the film also earned him an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

Other films which Singleton has either directed or produced include Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, Shaft, Rosewood and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

He also directed episodes of TV series, including Billions, The People v OJ Simpson and Snowfall – a crime drama set in 1980s LA.

The movie industry has been paying tribute, with American actor, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele tweeting that Singleton was a “brave artist and a true inspiration”.

Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx posted a tribute on Instagram, saying: “God blessings…

“You changed a culture with your art… and impacted the world with your vision.”

A court filing last week by Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, requested she be appointed his temporary conservator in order to make medical and financial decisions while he was incapacitated.

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