John Singleton Dead At 51; Had Struggled With High Blood Pressure; Family “Agonized” Over Taking Famed Producer/Director Off Ventilator

Genre-creating producer/director John Singleton has died. Singleton suffered a massive stroke April 17 while returning from Costa Rica and was placed in a medically induced coma from which he reportedly never awoke from.

John Singleton was 51 years old.

Tributes and condolences poured into social media, where the iconic movie-maker’s passing became the day’s trending topic.

Singleton’s film debut was 1991’s Boyz N The Hood, a gritty, coming-of-age story that gave moviegoers a close-to-life film adaptation of Black, inner city life in a Los Angeles ‘hood. Boyz became a cult classic.

Earlier Monday, John Singleton’s family revealed they would remove him from the ventilator that controlled his breathing. In a statement, it was a decision the family said they “agonized” over.

“This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors,” the family stated. “We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the (outpouring) of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.” 

The family also revealed in the statement that Singleton, “like many African Americans …quietly struggled with hypertension.”

Hypertension or, as it is more commonly called, High Blood Pressure, affects millions of Americans–but impacts African-Americans at a much higher proportion than the general public. A healthy diet and exercise can help maintain reasonable blood pressure levels but stress is a leading factor in the development of hypertension.

And hypertension is a leading cause of stroke. Doctors have long cautioned people to have their blood pressure checked regularly. And once diagnosed, high blood pressure sufferers are encouraged to stick to their prescribed medications.

John Singleton enjoyed an illustrious career as a producer/director in which he delivered a number of highly praised, commercially successful, and deeply impactful films including: Boyz N The Hood; Rosewood; Shaft; Baby Boy; 2 Fast 2 Furious; Four Brothers; Illegal Tender; Higher Learning and many more.

Rest In Peace, Brother.