DEAD: John Singleton (aged 51)
American film director, screenwriter, and producer
John Daniel Singleton (January 6, 1968 – April 29, 2019) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood (1991). For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award at age 24. Singleton is a native of South Los Angeles and many of his early films, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning(1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include dramas such as Rosewood(1997) in addition to action films such as Shaft(2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers(2005). He recently co-created the crime drama Snowfall.
DEATH: On April 17, 2019, Singleton suffered a stroke and was placed under intensive care at an undisclosed hospital. He reportedly began to experience weakness in his legs upon recently returning to the United States after a trip to Costa Rica. On April 25, it was reported that he was in a coma. On April 29, Singleton’s family reported that he had died, though his publicist said he was still on life support.However later that day Singleton was removed from life support, and died at the age of 51.