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
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Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright💜
Rest in Paradise JOHN SINGLETON aka LEGEND!!! 🙏🏾👑💯 https://t.co/vm9po0PsjC
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 30, 2019
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I Will Forever Miss My Brother John Singleton. We Met While He Was A Film Student At USC. Over Many Years People Have Told Me “I’m Going To Be A Filmmaker”, When John Said That To Me The 1st Time We Met, I Believed Him Right Away. It Was No Surprise. With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did. From Day One, We Have Remained Close Over The Decades, Cheering Each Other On In This Industry That Is Not Set Up For Us To Win. John Singleton’s Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.