John Singleton died on Monday in California after suffering a major stroke less than two weeks ago.
The director, 51, had been living on life support for 12 days in the intensive care unit of the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles before the decision of taking him off it was made by his family.
John Singleton was known for being both the youngest Oscar nominee ever and the first African-American candidate for Best Director in 1992 for his work in cult movie Boyz N The Hood.
The film-maker was initially admitted to the hospital because he was feeling pain in one of his legs and subsequently suffered a stroke which left him in critical conditions on April 17. Since then he was put on life support but he had not been responding well to the treatment.
Apparently, he had been suffering from hypertension, a condition which is common to at least 40% of the African-American population and is known for potentially lead to ischemic attacks and strokes.
On Monday morning, John Singleton’s representative announced that he was still alive, but he would be taken off of life support soon. They also mentioned that the decision had been taken after full consultation with the doctors and all the relatives.
The director spokesperson said: “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.”
The details of his memorial will be provided soon.