Hollywood is reeling from the news of John Singleton’s death at age 51. Social media has erupted with celebrities paying tribute to and mourning the loss of a man who made a significant impact on so many lives.
The Hustle and Flow director passed away today, after suffering a massive stroke a little over a week ago. His family made the heartbreaking decision to take him off life-support after days of consulting with doctors.
“You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you, John. Keeping your family in my prayers,” shared Janet Jackson, who starred in Singleton’s film Poetic Justice.
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I met @johnsingleton as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day… awareness, openness and above all-enthusiasm! Over the years he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number.
He was a trailblazer when it came to writing and directing, breaking into Hollywood at the young age of 24. Several actors and actresses, who are now A-list stars, credit Singleton with seeing something special in them, as well as taking a chance on them when others in Hollywood would not even take a meeting.
“#JohnSingleton was an innovator – he came with drive & a creative vision when people of color didn’t have the same visibility we do now. He will remain a beacon of light in our community, and today we celebrate his legacy. Rest well my friend, we’ve lost one of the good guys,” reflected Halle Berry, who considered Singleton a close friend and always praised his impact on African American culture in Hollywood.
Social media has exploded with an outpouring of love, condolences, and sorrow over the death of John Singleton. Famous faces and fans alike are sharing how the legend had affected their lives, whether they knew him personally or simply loved his films.
The entertainment world has lost a vital part of the industry today, and social media has become a tribute to the Singleton. Ice Cube got his start in Boyz N the Hood, thanks to the iconic director. He used Instagram to mourn the man he called a “master filmmaker.”
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I was in high school when #boyznthehood came out. Didn’t know if I’d ever get to be directed by @johnsingleton but I did…& now he’s gone. 51? #WayTooSoon God bless you Black Man. Thank you for your passion, your talent, your joy…your humanity. We’ll try to keep it going in your absence. ❤️✌🏿✊🏿
“I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved to bring the black experience to the world,” he captioned a photo of him and Singleton at Cannes in the ’90s.
Sterling K Brown, Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson, and Mark Wahlberg have also joined in on the social media tributes. They are only a small portion of celebrities honoring John Singleton.