John Singleton sadly died at the age of 51 yesterday, 29th of April, after being on life support for over two weeks following a massive stroke incident.
A family spokesperson confirmed that he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The screenwriter, producer, and director was known best for Boyz N The Hood, but he was an iconic African-American figure in the movie industry.
To celebrate his life, we have put together 9 need-to-know facts about him.
He was the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director (at age 24) in 1992.
He directed one film that was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant: Boyz n the Hood (1991).
He frequently cast hip-hop musicians (e.g. Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson)
He started Ice Cube’s acting career.
He was working as an intern for The Arsenio Hall Show while writing the script of Boyz n the Hood.
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