He went on to direct notable movies including Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy, Four Brothers and the 2000 Shaft reboot, as well as 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. The celebrity father's family made a decision to take Singleton off life support on Monday (April 29) and released a statement to fans. He was the first African-American ever nominated for the best-director Oscar, as well as being the youngest-ever nominee in the category.
Singleton's friends, colleagues and admirers had wished him well as word of his poor health spread following the director's stroke.
Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination.
A show he co-created for the FX Network, "Snowfall", was renewed previous year for a third season. They're great films, but they're just product.
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An inner-city, coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of gang violence in Singleton's hometown of Los Angeles, the debut feature earned critical accolades and was eventually added by the U.S. National Film Preservation Board to the Library of Congress National Film Registry. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward-Johnson, asked a judge to appoint her as his temporary conservator while he was on, claiming he was "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter".
"Boyz N the Hood" also came out at a time when, thanks to the efforts to Spike Lee and others, black films were starting to get made by Hollywood after a long absence. But the battle isn't limited to both Singleton's mother and daughter, his girlfriend is also trying to gain control over his estate.
"John is now in the ICU and under great medical care". He was nominated for an Emmy for an episode of the 2016 limited series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story". Jordan Peele, the "Get Out" and "Us" director called him "a fearless artist and a true inspiration".
Taraji P. Henson said she and Tyrese Gibson visited Singleton in the hospital, writing in an Instagram post on Saturday: "You heard my voice and jumped up".
Most recently, Singleton had co-created the FX crime drama Snowfall, exploring the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in early 1980s Los Angeles. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this hard time".