Behind legendary films including Boyz n the Hood and 2 Fast 2 Furious, John Singleton’s legacy in Hollywood is profound. On Monday night, the filmmaker, screenwriter and producer was taken off of life support after he suffered a tragic stroke earlier in the month which left him in a coma. Aged at just 51, Singleton’s career has spanned over the last three decades, with a slew of award nominations following everywhere he went.
Helping launch the careers of stars such as Ice Cube and Regina King, Singleton was one of many directors in the ’90s that ushered in a ‘new’ Hollywood – one of colour and diversity. He was not only the first black man to be nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Director’, but the youngest – at 24-years-of-age – and since the early ’90s, the creative has continued to shape a more inclusive industry.
Following his death – another young person taken by a rogue stroke – tributes have flooded social media from Hollywood and the greater music and film community. From Chance The Rapper, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg scroll below for how people are remembering the prolific director. Today, fans and well wishers also gathered at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to lay flowers.
John Singleton will be greatly missed.
RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019
I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019
Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you
— Chance The Rapper Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 29, 2019
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!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019
Rest in Paradise JOHN SINGLETON aka LEGEND!!! 🙏🏾👑💯 https://t.co/vm9po0PsjC
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 30, 2019