Famed director John Singleton, 51 died today after suffering a stroke. Singleton had been in a coma since he suffered the stroke April 17th.
Singleton is best known for "Boyz n the Hood" and "Poetic Justice" .
Singleton's family said-
"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."
Singleton was the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director for "Boyz n the Bood". He was 24. The film was based on his life growing in South Central, L.A. He was also the first African-American nominated in that category as well.
Singleton worked steadily directing dramas like "Rosewood" and "Baby Boy," a remake of "Shaft" starring Samuel L. Jackson and the action vehicle "2 Fast 2 Furious," the first sequel in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, in 2003.
RODNEY KING BEATING TRIAL
It was 27 years today April 29, 1992, the seventh day of jury deliberations, the jury acquitted all four officers of assault and acquitted three of the four of using excessive force. Outside the Simi Valley courthouse where the acquittals were delivered, county sheriff's deputies protected Stacey Koon from angry protesters on the way to his car.
Movie director John Singleton was standing outside the courthouse and our very own Jane Wells interviewed him and he predicted, "By having this verdict, what these people done, they lit the fuse to a bomb".