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John Singleton, maker of 'Boyz N the Hood,' dies at 51

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  • Filmmaker John Singleton has died at 51 after being taken off life support, his family says.
  • Two weeks earlier he suffered a major stroke.
  • Singleton was the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination.
Director John Singleton arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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Filmmaker John Singleton, who debuted with the Oscar-nominated "Boyz N the Hood" and continued making movies that probed the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51.

Singleton's family said Monday that he died after being taken off life support, about two weeks after the director suffered a major stroke.

"Boyz N the Hood" was based on Singleton's upbringing and shot in his old neighborhood. It starred Cuba Gooding Jr. as a rebellious teen whose single mother sends him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles.

Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination. His other films included "Poetic Justice," ''Rosewood" and "Shaft."

Reports earlier in the day had said Singleton died Monday morning. But a representative for Singleton said those reports were inaccurate and that Singleton, at the time, remained on life support in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital.

A court filing last week by his mother, Shelia Ward, requested that she be appointed Singleton's temporary conservator in order to make medical and financial decisions while he is incapacitated.

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