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."

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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."

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.

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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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