John Singleton, Director of 'Boyz N The Hood', Dies at 51

John Singleton, Director of 'Boyz N The Hood', Dies at 51

Actor, filmmakers and others are paying tribute to John Singleton after the renowned director died on Monday at age 51.

The Los Angeles native is most famous for his 1991 directorial debut, “Boyz n the Hood,” earning critical acclaim for its depiction of South Central LA’s black community. At age 24, Singleton became the youngest and the first African American person to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar. He went on to direct “Poetic Justice” (1993), “Shaft” (2000) and “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), among others.

Singleton’s death came hours after his family decided to take him off life support. He had been in a coma since an April 17 stroke.

During his career, Singleton worked to lift up other black filmmakers and actors, many of whom mourned his death on Monday. Here are some of the tributes:

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