John Singleton Dead at 51

Director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton has died at the age of 51.

Deadline reports the filmmaker died peacefully on Monday, surrounded by family and friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” said his family in a statement.

Singleton was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 1968. He was a University of Southern California (USC) alum and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17. On Monday morning, it was reported the filmmaker had died. However, his publicist Shannon Barr confirmed that he was still on life support, describing the earlier reports as “inaccurate.” As of Monday afternoon, Deadline reported that a spokesperson confirmed the family planned to take Singleton off of life support, claiming he had been suffering from hypertension.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

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