“Boyz N the Hood” Director John Singleton Dead at 51
John Singleton, the first black filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar for the 1991 drama <i>Boyz N the Hood</i>, died Monday at the age of 51 after his family removed him from life support following a massive stroke nearly two weeks ago. Singleton, who was just 24 when he directed <i>Boyz N the Hood</i>, was also the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award in the directing category, and went on to helm films like <i>Poetic Justice</i>, <i>Higher Learning</i>, <i>Baby Boy</i>, and <i>2 Fast 2 Furious</i>. In a statement published by TMZ, Singleton’s family revealed that he “struggled with hypertension” and kayaked in Marina del Rey every day, adding, “We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many. Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him. It is, for us, heartbreaking.” Singleton, who was in a coma prior to passing away, is survived by his mother and seven children.