Director John Singleton to be taken off life support following stroke

'Boyz n the Hood' director John Singleton remains in coma

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton - known for films including Boyz N The Hood and his remake of detective movie Shaft - has died at the age of 51.

"John is now in the ICU and under great medical care", Singleton's reps said in a statement to Newsweek on April 20.

The Singleton family told Fox News on Monday Singleton "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends".

According to various media reports, Singleton suffered a stroke earlier this month at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had gone complaining of leg pain. The 1991 film about the lives of young men in South Central Los Angeles starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

ICM Partners, which signed Singleton in 2014, told Page Six that the director is leaving an "indelible mark on the world through his masterful artistry" and that "his films and the incredible influence they had will be studied forever".

The family will update fans once Singleton has been removed from life support and they have said their good-byes privately.

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A dispute has ensued between Singleton's mother, Shelia Ward, who has sought conservatorship over his estate, and other family members. "We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly hard time".

Taraji P. Henson said she and Tyrese Gibson visited Singleton in the hospital, writing in an Instagram post on Saturday: "You heard my voice and jumped up". It also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, which made Singleton the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director, and the first African-American to achieve the honor.

John Singleton did an interview with FOX 5 about the FX show he co-created "Snowfall", that wades into the early days of crack cocaine in the 1980s. He also directed a movie starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, "Poetic Justice".

"It is, for us, heartbreaking", the family added.

Singleton is survived by mother Sheila Ward, father Danny Singleton and children Justice, Massai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.

Details of a memorial service would be provided at a later date, the family said.

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