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American director John Singleton to be taken out of life support



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John Singleton is set to be removed from life support two weeks after suffering a stroke. Image: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, Archive

John Singleton is set to be removed from life support two weeks after suffering a stroke.

The 51-year-old filmmaker – who is best known for directing the 1991 Oscar-winning drama "Boyz n the Hood" – suffered a stroke at the hospital earlier this month, and on Monday his family made " Dying Decision "to get him out of life support.

In a statement, his family said, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton, will be withdrawn from life support today. This was a harrowing decision that our family made for several days with the careful advice of John's doctors.

"In his private life, John is a father, son, brother, and supportive and loving friend who believed in higher education, black culture, old school music, and the power of cinema. We are grateful to your fans, friends and colleagues for the shedding of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received. "

John admitted to the hospital after complaining of "weakness" in his leg after returning from Costa Rica home, and on April 17 suffered a stroke and was placed in a UTI to be closely monitored.

His family said at the time: "On Wednesday, April 17, our beloved son / father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital.

"John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care.

"We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and to enjoy all the prayers that come from his fans, friends and colleagues."

In addition to "Boyz in the Hood," Singleton directed, wrote and produced "Poetic Justice" in 1993, and "Shaft" in 2000.

In 2003, he directed "2 Fast 2 Furious", the second movie from the hugely successful car chase franchise.

The director will be survived by his sons, Justice, Maasai, Hadar and Cleopatra.

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