Esteemed ‘Boyz N the Hood’ director John Singleton dead at 51

LOS ANGELES — Oscar nominated film director John Singleton died after his family opted to take him off life support Monday.

Singleton was put on life support after suffering a major stroke after returning from Costa Rica, his publicist said.

Fellow director Jordan Peele shared his condolences on Twitter. “His vision changed everything,” said Peele.

The Los Angeles native and Oscar-nominated director of 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood” was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a stroke Wednesday.

Singleton was trailblazer in the film industry. He was the first African American director nominated for an Academy Award.

“We hope that his legacy will inspire a new generation of filmmakers to turn a positive and progressive lens toward minorities in this country,” the NCAAP said on Twitter.

John Singleton did an interview with FOX 5 about the FX show he co-created “Snowfall,” that wades into the early days of crack cocaine in the 1980s.

Its third season was scheduled to begin later this year.

“We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues,” his family said at the time.

Singleton, who also directed “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the 2000 remake of “Shaft,” grew up in South Los Angeles, attended USC and produced the A&E documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.”

Singleton’s daughter last week challenged his mother’s claim that the fillmmaker is in a coma, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.com

Cleopatra Singleton, 19, says in a sworn statement filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday that her father’s physicians are continuing to examine him to determine his condition, TMZ reported.

Cleopatra Singleton also maintains her father is improving daily, according to TMZ.

Cleopatra Singleton alleges her father’s mother, Shelia Ward, is abusing her position as the director’s personal and business manager, TMZ.com reported. The college sophomore further claims Ward has stated her intention to liquidate her son’s assets and leave his children with nothing, according to TMZ.

“My father’s allowed his mother to stay in that position out of fear and obligation to her as she’s bullied and abandoned my father since he was a small child, leaving him emotionally defenseless,” Cleopatra Singleton says, according to TMZ.

In her conservatorship petition, Ward says her 51-year-old son is unable to properly provide for his personal needs, including feeding and clothing himself.

A hearing on Ward’s petition is scheduled for July 9.

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