Los Angeles: ‘Boyz N the Hood’ director John Singleton passed away at the age of 51 at a hospital here on Monday (local time).
“The youngest-ever Best Director nominee and an inspiration to us all. John Singleton, you will be greatly missed,” read a tweet posted on the official page of The Academy.
As per a statement from Singleton’s family, the Oscar nominee director died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here where he was on life support after suffering a stroke.
“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” read the statement carried by Deadline.
A two-time Academy Award nominee, Singleton is considered to be a pioneer in the history of black cinema. At 24, he was the youngest-ever person as well as the first African American to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars.
The 51-year-old’s most recent projects include a show he co-created for the FX Network ‘Snowfall’, which was renewed last year for the third season.