Hollywood's finest have taken to social media to express their grief and share their condolences after the death of trailblazing director John Singleton, who has passed away after a major stroke at 51 years old.
Singleton made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond.
Singleton's family said Monday that he died in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends, after being taken off life support.
Singleton's passing has prompted widespread praise for a filmmaker who, as his Shaft star Samuel L. Jackson said, "blazed the trail for many young film makers," while "always remaining true to who he was and where he came from."
Singleton's fellow directors of colour were among those speaking out, with Spike Lee posting: "With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen. And He Did. From Day One."
While Jordan Peele added: "RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything."
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I Will Forever Miss My Brother John Singleton. We Met While He Was A Film Student At USC. Over Many Years People Have Told Me "I'm Going To Be A Filmmaker", When John Said That To Me The 1st Time We Met, I Believed Him Right Away. It Was No Surprise. With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did. From Day One, We Have Remained Close Over The Decades, Cheering Each Other On In This Industry That Is Not Set Up For Us To Win. John Singleton's Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.
Barry Jenkins could only muse on how "cruel" Singleton's passing was, adding that was "Not what I want to say right now. But certainly how I feel. Cruel. Just... so cruel".
Meanwhile Ava DuVernay mused: "There aren't many of us out here doing this. It's a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John."
Many other celebrities posted tributes to the late director, including Regina King and Morris Chestnut who starred in Boyz N The Hood.