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Filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51

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Filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51

John Singleton, who made his directorial debut with the acclaimed film "Boyz n the Hood" died on Monday at the age of 51, days after he suffered a major stroke.

Freddie Joyner reports.

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Filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51

CORRECTION: The previous script said that John Singleton had a stroke last month, he in fact had the stroke earlier this month.

Oscar nominated filmmaker John Singleton passed away Monday, after his family removed life support following a debilitating stroke earlier this month.

The family released a statement saying, "This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors." Singleton was best known for directing and writing the 1991 groundbreaking film 'Boyz N The Hood,' depicting life in South Central, LA amid the perils of gang violence.

The film was his directorial debut, and he became the first African-American and youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for best director, at age 24.

Singleton later directed movies such as the love drama “Poetic Justice” starring the late rapper Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, and action film '2 Fast 2 Furious.'

Celebrities expressed their grief upon the news of Singleton's passing: Fellow filmmaker Jordan Peele tweeted, "John was a brave artist and a true inspiration.

His vision changed everything." Director Ava DuVernay said, "He was a giant among us.

Kind.

Committed.

And immensely talented.

His films broke ground.

His films mattered." John Singleton was 51 years old.

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