John Singleton. Picture: Instagram
Tributes continue to pour in for Hollywood writer and director John Singleton, who  died on Monday, April 29, after  he suffered a stroke.

The 51-year-old filmmaker - who is best known for helming 1991 crime drama 'Boyz n the Hood', which earned him his Academy Award nod - suffered a stroke whilst in hospital earlier this month, and on Monday his family made the “agonising decision” to take him off of life support. 

"John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. 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 the Singleton family in a statement.

Hollywood stars and including Ice Cube, Common, Janet Jackson hailed Singleton for mentoring and honing their craft.

In a moving tribute, Ice Cube, who starred in ''Boyz n the Hood'  wrote: " I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker.  There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor."

Actor and rapper Common also paid tribute to Singleton, taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Not only did John make movies for us and our culture, he made one of the most iconic videos ever!  It showed the world what Egyptians really looked like!  Again I say, THANK YOU!  May God bless the soul of John Singleton."


Actress and singer Janet Jackson also took to Instagram to pay honour Singleton, who directed the 1993 drama Poetic Justice, which Jackson and Tupac Shakur, marking the singer's film debut.

"You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more," she wrote alongside a series of sweet throwback photos of the pair. "Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers."
More tributes continue flooding in as industry friends and fellow filmmakers, stars and fans remember the legend that Singleton was.

IOL