John Singleton will be taken off life support Monday, Shadow And Act has confirmed.
The groundbreaking filmmaker has been in the hospital following an April 17 stroke. Earlier Monday, after an initial report claimed that Singleton had passed away, his publicist said those reports were inaccurate. While documents showed that his mother was seeking temporary conservatorship, other family members had been disputing the claims made about his condition.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors. John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up,” reads a statement received by Shadow And Act.
The statement continued, “John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career-making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson. John was such a supernova in his youth that we forget that he was only beginning to fully assert his gifts as a director. Kurosawa was 52 when he directed High Low. Hitchcock was 56 when he directed To Catch a Thief. As much as we will treasure his body of work, we were looking forward to the films John would have made in the years ahead. In his private life, John is a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and friend who believed in higher education, Black culture, old school music and the power of film. We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.”
Singleton burst onto the scene in 1991 with his first film, Boyz n the Hood. It earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, making him the youngest director to ever be nominated for the award. He went on to direct Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft and many other films. He recently created the FX drama series, Snowfall.
Our thoughts continue to be with Singleton and his loved ones.
Details about Singleton’s memorial service will be announced soon.
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