2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton dies, aged 51

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: John Singleton attends 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards  at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)
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John Singleton, the director of Boyz n the Hood and 2 Fast 2 Furious and a host of other Hollywood film and television shows, has died aged 51 after suffering a stroke.

Singleton's family announced they had decided to take him off life support at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, two weeks after he was admitted.

"We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpouring of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time," a family statement read, according to Variety.

"We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received."

The statement said Singleton died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.

The Oscar and Emmy award nominated filmmaker directed Michael Jackson's 'Remember the Time' music video, and more recently, American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

Singleton was outspoken about the importance of African American representation in Hollywood, and criticized the industry for unfair treatment of black directors.

"They ain't letting the black people tell the stories," Singleton told university students in 2014.

"They want black people to be who they want them to be, as opposed to what they are," he said.

"When you try to make it homogenized, when you try to make it appeal to everybody, then you don't have anything that's special."

Singleton was a father of seven.

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