Legendary Director John Singleton, Dies at 51

Legendary film director, John Singleton, has passed away at the age of 51, succumbing to complications of a stroke.

At the time of his death, Singleton had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 12 days and had suffered a stroke and coma while in the ICU. News surfaced that his family made requests to take him off of life support on Monday, as he had become unresponsive to treatment.

Singleton’s family announced their decision in an official statement.

“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.”

Singleton, who is best known for films such as “Boyz n the Hood,” “Higher Learning,” Poetic Justice” and “Baby Boy,” often used his childhood in South Central Los Angeles as inspiration for his coming to age films and has been credited with launching the acting careers of some of the biggest names in entertainment, such as Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube and Tyrese.

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At the age of 24, Singleton broke barriers in the entertainment industry with his debut film, “Boyz n the Hood.” The film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, making him both the youngest and first African American to receive the nomination in 1991.

Our condolences are with the family and friends of the iconic John Singleton during this time.

John Singleton DIes
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About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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