John Singleton has passed away at the age of 51 after suffering complications from a stroke. The famed director, known for his 1991 crime-drama film Boyz In The Hood, had been in a coma since first suffering the stroke on April 17th. TMZ reports Singleton had checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after experiencing weakness in his leg. The filmmaker died on Monday (Apr. 29), after being taken off life support.

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Singleton’s family confirmed the tragic news in a statement released to the media. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” said Singleton’s family.

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.”

The South Central Los Angeles native made history in 1992, becoming the youngest and first black person to receive an Oscar nomination for best director. The Academy Award-nominated director left made a big impact in the entertainment industry with films like Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Singleton also worked on the movies Abduction, Shaft, Rosewood, Four Brothers, and directed Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” music video.

Most recently, Singleton served as creator and executive producer of the FX drama Snowfall, which got renewed for a third season last year.

Singleton’s compatriots like Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Jordan Peele, Gabrielle Union an and more have taken to social media to pay their respect to the late visionary.

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Weโ€™ll Miss You But Your Films Will Live On.

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I really didnt want to believe I'd to have to write something like this about John. I am a believer of miracles. Alas…I met John when my older sister Kelly enrolled at USC in 1986 & quickly became friends with a group of fun loving, black, creative masterminds. They called themselves the "Black Pack" I was 13 then and in awe of how loud and proud they were. Each friend contributing a different vibe and talent. By the time I turned 18 they chaperoned (yeah right ๐Ÿค—) my birthday party. When I transferred to UCLA they promised my family they would look out for me & they did. The entire time I've been in Hollywood I knew I had big brothers who had my back & that knowledge gave me wings. While they all accomplished so much, there was John breaking barrier after barrier making dreams into reality and never losing that loud and proud, by any means necessary mentality. Flash forward decades and I'd run into him in the islands or Miami and we'd laugh in awe and glee at how far we'd both come. I will forever be grateful to the Black Pack & John Singleton. You showed me exactly what we can do when we stick together. Love & Light to all his loved ones and fans. Hold onto one another, we are greater together. Rest in eternal peace ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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Previously: John Singleton Is No Longer Directing the Tupac Biopic