Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Dies at 51!!!
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John Singleton, writer-director of “Boyz n the Hood” & industry pioneer, who was the first African American to earn an Oscar nomination for best director, has died. He was 51.
Singleton suffered a stroke after experiencing weakness in his legs, & was admitted to the hospital on April 17. He was taken off life support Monday & died a few hours later.
His family issued a statement, saying: “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family & friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care & kindness & we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends & colleagues for all of the love & support they showed him during this difficult time.” — The Singleton Family.
He grew up in South-Central Los Angeles, which became the setting for much of his work as a writer & director. He attended USC film school & turned his student thesis into the screenplay for 1991’s landmark “Boyz n the Hood.”
Fresh out of college with no credits under his belt, Singleton boldly insisted he direct the movie when Columbia Pictures approached him about optioning the “Boyz” screenplay.
“I wasn’t going to have somebody from Idaho or Encino [Los Angeles] direct this movie,” he recounted at a 25th anniversary screening.
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