'Boyz n the Hood' director John Singleton dead at 51
NEW YORK - AFP
John Singleton, director of the groundbreaking 1991 movie about US inner city life "Boyz n the Hood," died April 29 at the age of 51, his family announced, triggering a flood of tributes hailing him as an "inspiration."
Singleton directed "Boyz n the Hood" as a 22-year-old fresh out of film school. The flick described youth and violence in South Central Los Angeles, the bleak, gang-ridden neighborhood of his childhood.
Starring the rapper Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding Jr, "Boyz n the Hood" was a breakthrough success that won special honors at Cannes and in 2002 was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.
The movie, featuring tunes from Miami collective 2 Live Crew and west coast hip hop pioneer Too $hort, helped to popularize the genre.
Singleton went on to a prolific career as a film director, with credits that included the remake of "Shaft" (2000) and "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003). His work on television included shows such as "Billions," "The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story" and "Empire."
The director's family had provided few details about Singleton's medical crisis, but said he has long suffered from hypertension. US media reports said he was hospitalized April 17 after suffering a stroke.
Taking him off life support, they said earlier, had been an "agonizing decision" made over a number of days, with the counsel of his doctors.