Legendary filmmaker John Singleton was taken off life support on Monday (April 29) after slipping into a coma as a result of an unexpected stroke.
While it shocked everyone, including Singleton’s family and friends, it caused a lot of reaction from celebrities who knew, worked or were inspired by his work. Some were all three, including Morris Chestnut and Angela Bassett, who both starred in Singleton’s breakout 1991 film Boyz n the Hood.
They, along with so many others, offered their thoughts and memories of John Singleton on social media. See what some of the biggest names had to say below.
Stars in the universe that burn the brightest, live shorter lives than others. And with their high-energy light, they transform all that basks in their luminosity. Farewell John Singleton (1968-2019).— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 29, 2019
I met @SHAFT6816 as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition… https://t.co/nftANCeA8Q— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) April 29, 2019
The best life is when we leave a trail. We leave something on this earth bigger than us. John Singleton....you inspired a generation of Artists. We will shoulder on....'May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest". RIP— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 29, 2019
John Singleton has been an inspiration and hero of mine since I can remember. He broke open the door for black directors and paved a way we are still building on. #RIPJohnSingleton, a true pioneer.— Keith Powell (@KeithPowell) April 29, 2019
Cuba Gooding— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 29, 2019
And so on.#JohnSingleton helped launch so many actors careers, not to mention crew members & Producers.
John Singleton, thank you for giving us ALL the classics!!! 😢 R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/zl2HlPCNNk— Mila J (@MilaJ) April 29, 2019
RIP to the legend John Singleton 🙏🏽— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) April 29, 2019
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