Singleton, the first African American nominated for a best director Academy Award — and the youngest, at just 23 — died yesterday after his family removed him from life support. The 51-year-old, who had battled hypertension, suffered a major stroke April 17 that left him in a coma. Singleton was also known for Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, TV crime drama Snowfall and the music video for Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time.
Where did Boyz n the Hood come from? Singleton said he first outlined the story behind the 1991 film, based on his childhood in South Central Los Angeles, in his application to the University of Southern California.
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