Singleton, who was the first African American to be nominated for the best director Oscar, led a resurgence in mainstream black film-making in the 1990s

Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, who became both the first African American and the youngest-ever film-maker to be nominated for the best director Oscar, has died aged 51. Singleton had been hospitalised following a stroke on 17 April.

Earlier on Monday, Singleton’s family announced that he would be taken off life support. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” a spokesperson for the family said in a statement to Deadline. “This was an agonising decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

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