Director John Singleton to be taken off life support today

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: John Singleton and attend a ceremony honoring Taraji P. Henson with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated writer and director John Singleton will be taken off life support today after suffering a major stroke in Los Angeles. 

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” a spokesperson for the family said in a statement to TMZ. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.” 

The statement also reveals Singleton had “quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.”

Singleton’s family is urging anyone who recognizes symptoms of hypertension to visit Heart.org. 

Singleton is best known for directing “Boyz n the Hood,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African-American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. 

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