Jordan Peele, Michael Rapaport, Samuel L. Jackson, and More React to John Singleton's Death

Many celebrities have taken to social media to publicly express their grief and condolences. 

John Singleton attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards

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John Singleton attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards

On Monday, the family of John Singleton announced that the iconic director, producer, and screenwriter had been taken off life support. He has passed away at the age of 51.

"We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpouring of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time," his family said. "We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received."

Singleton was in a coma after suffering a stroke earlier this month. The Los Angeles native was the creative mind behind acclaimed projects like 1993's Poetic Justice, 1995's Higher Learning, 1997's Rosewood, and the FX series Snowfall. Singleton made his directorial debut in 1991 with the classic film Boyz n the Hood. The movie made him the youngest and first African-American to earn an Oscar for Best Director.

In addition to his honors, Singleton is credited with starting the careers of today's biggest talents—including those who starred in his films and others who were influnced by his work. Many celebrities have taken to social media to publicly express their grief and condolences. 

RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.

— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019

Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019

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. #RunIntoHisArms

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 29, 2019

God Bless this guy.
John Singleton Damn.
Such a nice guy.Talented guy.Generous
Gave so many people there Big Breaks.
What a nice loyal guy he was.#johnsingleton
Literally gave me the opportunity of my career. Was so supportive t& was my biggest fan making Higher Learning

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 29, 2019

Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 29, 2019

He made wondrous art with his talent. His legacy will live on. We lost a giant today. Heaven gained one. May he Rest In Peace. #JohnSingleton

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) April 29, 2019

John Singleton, thank you for giving us ALL the classics!!! 😢 R.I.P.

— Mila J (@MilaJ) April 29, 2019

Insane. Rest In Peace to the legend John Singleton. Thank you for your legendary art. 🙏🏾

— RD (@RyanDestiny) April 29, 2019

Rest Up.. John Singleton.. my favorite movie director to ever live .

— smi (@smino) April 29, 2019

R.I.P John Singleton thank you for helpling me if It wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be a Academy award Winner I gonna miss you bro I love you my prayers for your family we will never forget! YOU ARE LEGENDARY 🙏🏿

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 29, 2019

Stars in the universe that burn the brightest, live shorter lives than others. And with their high-energy light, they transform all that basks in their luminosity. Farewell John Singleton (1968-2019).

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 29, 2019

Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just…

— Regina King (@ReginaKing) April 29, 2019

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 bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90

— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019

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