The first African American Academy Award-nominated director John Singelton passes away at age 51 after family members decide to remove him from life support.
Singleton famous for movies like the iconic Boyz In The Hood, Poetic Justice and Baby Boy suffered a stroke 12 days ago after returning from Costa Rica. He was experiencing problems with his legs, so he decided to check himself in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room on April 17.
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TMZ reports the iconic directors family released a joint statement that reads as follows:
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father, and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
The family also revealed the movie mogul 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.”
Singleton’s family wants people to recognize symptoms and visit heart.org for more information.