John Singleton to be removed from life support, family says

Filmmaker John Singleton, 51, will be removed from life support Monday, his family said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

Singleton suffered a stroke 13 days ago and was reported Thursday to be in a coma.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” the Singleton family said in a statement. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: John Singleton attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
Director John Singleton arrives for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Spike Lee, John Singleton and Don Chedle attend the ICON Mann Power 150 Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: John Singleton and Angela Bassett attend the ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) John Singleton, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Kevin Feige, Ruth Carter and John Singleton attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner And Honors Celebrating Samuel L Jackson And Oscar Nominees Ruth Carter And Spike Lee reception at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 28: Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson and John Singleton attend a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 28: John Singleton attends a ceremony honoring Taraji P. Henson with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 28: Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson and John Singleton attend a ceremony honoring Taraji P. Henson with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 28: Aldis Hodge and John Singleton attend the after party for Paramount Pictures and BET Films' "What Men Want" at W Westwood on January 28, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: John Singleton attends the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: John Landgraf and John Singleton attend the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DGA)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) John Singleton, Keri Russell , Matthew Rhys and Dennis Haysbert attend the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DGA)
Actress Taraji P. Henson poses for a photo after her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was unveiled as John Singleton (R) and Mary J. Blige look on during a ceremony in Hollywood, California on January 28, 2019, where she was the recipient of the 2,655th Star in the category of Motion Pictures. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Taraji P. Henson reacts as John Singleton addresses the audience during Henson's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony in Hollywood, California on January 28, 2019, where she was the recipient of the 2,655th Star in the category of Motion Pictures. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: John Singleton (L) and actor Wade Allain-Marcus arrive at the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) Carter Hudson, Angela Lewis and John Singleton pose at the after party for the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 at the Hotel Figueroa on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Director John Singleton (L) and actor Malcolm Mays arrive at the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Director John Singleton (L) and actor Damson Idris arrive at the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: John Singleton arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 held at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 24: John Singleton attends the 20th Century Fox 2018 LA Screenings Gala at Fox Studio Lot on May 24, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: John Singleton and Damson Idris attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
John Singleton arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer/director John Singleton attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Read the full statement below:

It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today.  This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.

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.

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.

John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career -making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson.

Singleton’s work spanned genres and showcased his curiosity and creativity: the remake of Shaft, was a homage to his mentor, Gordon Parks. He also made historical films such as Rosewood and action films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious. Films like Baby Boy and Four Brothers were prescient in the questions they posed about men and the crisis in American masculinity. As streaming platforms created new opportunities in television, Singleton took his talents to shows such as Billions, The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story and Empire.  Most recently, he co-created and executive produced the current FX hit drama series Snowfall, in which he engaged such writing talents as Walter Mosley.

John was such a supernova in his youth that we forget that he was only beginning to fully assert his gifts as a director. Kurosawa was 52 when he directed High Low. Hitchcock was 56 when he directed To Catch a Thief.   As much as we will treasure his body of work, we were looking forward to the films John would have made in the years ahead.

In his private life, John is a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and friend who believed in higher education, black culture, old school music and the power of film.

John’s confidence in his place in Hollywood was only matched for his passion for the sea.  John kayaked in Marina Del Rey every morning.  His greatest joy, when not on set, was sailing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast. The American writer Willa Cather once said, “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in the storm.”  We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many.  Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him.  It is, for us, heartbreaking.

Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.  His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going toHeart.org

We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour 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.

John Daniel Singleton will be survived by his extraordinary mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.

Details about memorial services will be provided at a later date.

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