John Singleton taken off of life support: ‘This was an agonizing decision’

Director John Singleton was taken off of life support, Fox News has learned.

The Singleton family told Fox News Monday it was an “agonizing decision” that they made “over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

“John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up,” the statement said.

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Singleton had been in a coma following a stroke last week. The director’s family had previously announced that he had a stroke on April 17, but there had been no details revealed about the seriousness of his condition.

Monday’s statement said: “John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career-making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson.

FILE - This July 13, 1991 file photo shows filmmaker John Singleton, who made the movie "Boyz N The Hood," in Los Angeles. )AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)

FILE – This July 13, 1991 file photo shows filmmaker John Singleton, who made the movie “Boyz N The Hood,” in Los Angeles. )AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)

“We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour 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.”

According to his family, Singleton “quietly struggled with hypertension” and asked that fans learn about the condition by going to Heart.org.

The 51-year old director of “Boyz in the Hood,” ”Poetic Justice” and other films has been in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital. A court filing last week by his mother, Shelia Ward, requested that she be appointed Singleton’s temporary conservator in order to make medical and financial decisions while he is incapacitated.

FILE - This Feb. 9, 1997 file photo shows film director John Singleton posing in New York to promote his film "Rosewood." (AP Photo/Todd Plitt)

FILE – This Feb. 9, 1997 file photo shows film director John Singleton posing in New York to promote his film “Rosewood.” (AP Photo/Todd Plitt)

Singleton was nominated for an Oscar for 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood.” His other films include “Poetic Justice,” starring Janet Jackson, and his recent projects include the TV series “Snowfall.”

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His friends, colleagues and admirers were wishing him well as word of his poor health spread.

Shonda Rhimes, the Rev. Al Sharpton and fellow director Ava DuVernay were among those offering prayers on Twitter.

Singleton became the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination when he was cited for his debut feature, “Boyz N the Hood,” set in his native Los Angeles and released in 1991. His other films include “Poetic Justice,” which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, and “Rosewood.” Singleton’s recent projects include the TV series “Snowfall,” a crime drama set in 1980s Los Angeles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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