"He blazed the trail for many young filmmakers, always remaining true to who he was and where he came from," Samuel L. Jackson shares.
John Singleton died Monday at the age of 51, and the entertainment industry is in disbelief.
Singleton -- the first African-American person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director -- passed "peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," almost two weeks after suffering a massive stroke, TMZ confirmed.
The "Boyz n the Hood" director had been in a coma in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles since checking himself in with leg problems following a trip to Costa Rica. He suffered the stroke in his hospital room on April 17.
"Mourning the loss of a collaborator and true friend, John Singleton," Samuel L. Jackson shared. "He blazed the trail for many young filmmakers, always remaining true to who he was and where he came from!!! R.I.P. Brother. Gone way too soon!"
"Rest In Power, my friend," Regina King captioned an old photo of the pair. "One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you, John! Your spirit will forever shine bright."
"R.I.P. John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything," Jordan Peele tweeted.
See how more of the entertainment industry is paying tribute to John Singleton in the tweets below.
Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019
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Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright💜
RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019
God Bless this guy.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 29, 2019
John Singleton Damn.
Such a nice guy.Talented guy.Generous
Gave so many people there Big Breaks.
What a nice loyal guy he was.#johnsingleton
Literally gave me the opportunity of my career. Was so supportive t& was my biggest fan making Higher Learning pic.twitter.com/c2xSCXfg2C
John Singleton has died. This is a big loss to the world at large. So smart, insatiably curious, and a cool dude all around. He took me to lunch twice in the last few years and was truly a gentleman. Thank you for your contributions and I’m so sorry your life was cut short— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 29, 2019
This is me & john Singleton on text in 2017 talking about doing a three six mafia biopic If this would had happened we would have won another Oscar for Best Picture John Singleton is a genius he knew the culture he helped us all I love you bro pic.twitter.com/yYo62kOSdv— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 29, 2019
"I'm a director, but I'm also a teacher. I'm a lover of cinema, and I love working with people who are hungry and have the energy to really do better work." RIP John Singleton, a filmmaker who made history and refused to let the industry place limits upon his powerful creativity. pic.twitter.com/GSpXhozywv— Tribeca (@Tribeca) April 29, 2019
My prayers go out today to John Singleton and his family. May God bless the young cinematic king who gave us images that will stay with us forever.🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/tohsQTUPbj— Robert Townsend (@Robert_Townsend) April 29, 2019
This is way too sad. The word 'groundbreaker' is thrown around too easily, but it applied to John Singleton, an inspirational, influential film-maker. While he had many accomplishments in TV and film, you felt he had still more surprises up his sleeve. 51 is far too young to go. https://t.co/pyxb11seS7— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 29, 2019
R.I.P. John Singleton. He left us with a catalog of the most profound work I've ever seen. It was always my dream to work with him! I am very saddened by his loss. I am endlessly praying for Mr. Singleton's family & friends. ￼🙏🏽❤️— Devonte Riley (@Devonte_Riley) April 29, 2019
This is one of my favorite pictures of John Singleton. He was a badass 23 year old who took all of Hollywood by storm. Unapologetically Black and free. pic.twitter.com/JDeYuZZ2mZ— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 29, 2019