Categories: National News

Producer John Singleton Dead at 51

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Famed African-American movie producer John Singleton has died.

Singleton, best known for the hit 1991 movie, Boyz N the Hood starring Ice Cube, had been on life support after reportedly suffering a stroke. He was 51.

Singleton was reportedly traveling back to Los Angeles from Costa Rica when he mentioned experiencing pain in one of his legs, according to Newsweek.

Following transport to a California hospital, Singleton suffered a stroke and was emitted into ICU.

Singleton’s health continued to deteriorate and he was put into a medically-induced coma just eight days after the stroke, TMZ reported.

He had been on life support, but ultimately his family made the “agonizing decision” to remove him from life support on Monday, they said in a statement via Singleton’s reps.

“John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up,” the statement read.

“We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpouring of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.”

According to Newsweek, Singleton’s family also noted the movie producer’s battle with hypertension, a high blood pressure ailment of which African Americans are particularly at risk for.

“Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40 percent of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe,” the statement read. 

“His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org.”

Singleton was a father to seven children including Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven Singleton.

In addition to Boyz N the Hood, which received two Oscar nominations, Singleton also directed classic films and shows like Poetic Justice, Baby Boy, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Billions and many others.

Web Staff

Share
Published by
Web Staff
Tags: DeceasedDiedJohn Singleton

Recent Posts

New Study: Racism Increases Inflammation In African-Americans

By Rosaland Tyler Associate Editor New Journal and Guide A new study joins a growing pile of research that shows…

1 day ago

Innocent Man Gets $1.5 million After 45 Years In Prison

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com TriceEdneyWire.com The state of Michigan has awarded $1.5 million to Richard…

2 days ago

Gout, Summer & Cookouts

TriceEdneyWire.com Summer is filled with fun outdoor activities, increased exercise, cookouts, and travel making it the favorite season for many,…

2 days ago

369th Experience Band Ties HBCU Musicians To WWI Black History

By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide In 1919  when the Treaty of Versailles ended WWI, two…

2 days ago

Godfather of Funk Still Keeps The Music Playing

By Rita Charleston We know him and love him as the Godfather of Funk. But George Clinton is so much…

3 days ago

Farewell To A Hero

VIRGINIA BEACH Ryan Keith Cox was laid to rest on Saturday, June 8 after Homegoing Services were held at the…

3 days ago