The 51-year-old director was the first black filmmaker nominated for the Oscar's Best Director award.
"We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died". "Boyz N the Hood" was a critical and commercial hit, given a 20-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and praised as a groundbreaking extension of rap to the big screen, a realistic and compassionate take on race, class, peer pressure and family. Released just four months after the incendiary video of the LAPD beating Rodney King went public and exposed the toxic rot of racism still terrorizing America's inner cities, the film was an urgent wake-up call to a complacent nation, giving voice to a strand of the African-American experience that was rarely represented onscreen.
Raised in South-Central Los Angeles, Mr. Singleton burst onto the world cinema scene in 1991 with "Boyz N the Hood", a film that, while not autobiographical, was about the life and the gang violence he had observed in that neighborhood. They state that Singleton is "currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs" or "manage his financial resources".
While Mr. Singleton applauded Hollywood's greater willingness to make black films, he also criticized the industry for racism for reducing the stories to "product" and for unwillingness to take creative risks with black auteurs.
Singleton's daughter Cleopatra is trying to block the conservatorship, claiming Sheila is misrepresenting his condition. One of them was Jordan Peele, who on Monday tweeted: "John was a fearless artist and a true inspiration".
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Singleton directed only eight films in his tragically shorted career, but with that created a legacy that helped to mold other young African American filmmakers like Jordan Peele and Barry Jenkins. "John Singleton, you will be greatly missed", tweeted the Academy.
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She said that her son was involved in a number of business ventures and recently agreed to sign a sizable settlement agreement. "John did not know me at all".
Although he spent much of his career making movies, Singleton also made his mark on the TV scene, lending his directing talents to episodes of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,Empire, and Billions.
"We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues", his family said at the time.