Celebrities Mourn Director John Singleton

Celebrity friends, collaborators, and fans of John Singleton mourn the director's passing and reflect on his career.

After suffering a stroke at the age of 51, Singleton's family chose to take him off of life support. He was surrounded by friends and family. Part of their statement: "In his private life, John was a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and friend who believed in higher education, black culture, old school music and the power of film.

John’s confidence in his place in Hollywood was only matched for his passion for the sea. John kayaked in Marina Del Rey every morning. His greatest joy, when not on set, was sailing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast. The American writer Willa Cather once said, 'There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in the storm.' We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many. Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him. It is, for us, heartbreaking.”

His family also noted that like many African Americans, he 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 wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org

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