Director John Singleton On Set

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The somber news that acclaimed movie director John Singleton had died Monday was met with sadness across social media. An outpouring of grief especially came from Black social media users, with most if not all of them attesting to what a cultural impact the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker had on their lives.

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Singleton’s family announced on Monday they intended to remove him from life support following a stroke he suffered recently and consequent medically induced coma he was placed into last week.

Director John Singleton

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From Singleton’s fellow movie directors and members of Black Hollywood to politicians to other noteworthy African-Americans, Twitter timelines were flooded with posts expressing sympathy, sadness and condolences.

Singleton’s spokesperson released a statement earlier Monday announcing the family intended to take Singleton off of life support.

Ice Cube et John Singleton à Cannes

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“John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up,” the statement said in part. “John grew up in South Central L.A with a love of cinema that showed itself early on. He went on to become one of the most lauded graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Within months of graduating, John returned to South Central to shoot his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood. The movie, which was unusually shot in sequence, masterfully captured a story of friendship, youth and the peril of hard choices in a community marred by gang violence. The film earned special honors at its debut at Cannes and Singleton went onto become the youngest director and first African-American writer-director nominated for the Academy Award. Two decades later, the film was placed in the Library of Congress, a marker of its cultural and historical significance.”

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That announcement came less than a week after Singleton’s family announced that he was expected to make a full recovery. There were also reports of family infighting over Singleton’s fortune, which has been estimated to be about $30 million.

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Scroll down to see the social media messages of support for Singleton and his family. May he rest in peace.

2. Jordan Peele

3. Robert Townsend

4. Congressional Black Caucus


6. Joy Reid

7. Shaun King

8. Juicy J

9. Michael Eric Dyson

10. Regina King

11. Magic Johnson

12. Carl Weathers

14. Morris Chestnut

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This is where it all started. The Genesis - The Genius - The Genre Maker/Star Maker (Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson, Lawrence Fishburne, Regina King,Nia Long, Angela Basset, Cuba Gooding, Jr. - in no particular order as these are all great actors/actresses). John Singleton gave me a chance. When I left the audition for "Boyz N' The Hood" as he shook my hand, he gave me a stronger grip than normal and looked me in the eye. I felt he was basically giving me a signal that I had the job without telling me. From there, there was no comprehension of the massive chain of events that was about to follow. People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by Boyz ‘N The Hood. The magnitude and world-wide impact that his ground-breaking film would have for society cannot be measured. Helping to bring awareness of what it takes to come to maturity as a black male in the 'Hood, or die trying... Helping to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced. Dealing with challenges and adversity in life and in general. From that lesson, for anyone who watches Boyz N’ The Hood, we are able to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we are able to grow, evolve and gain a deeper love and understanding of our humanity. John Singleton, thank you for your vision. Thank you for holding my hand a little stronger. Thank you for connecting with me and thank you for connecting me to history. Thank you for connecting and transcending generations, nationalities, nations, races, communities, societies. Thank you, John Singleton, for connecting us all. #RIP #JohnSingleton

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15. Ice Cube

16. Samuel L. Jackson

17. Tyler Perry

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