Oscar-nominated writer and director John Singleton has died at the age of 51. The Singleton family told Fox News on Monday that he had “passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.”

“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the statement continued.

Singleton had been in a coma following a stroke 12 days earlier. Singleton’s family announced that it had made the “agonizing decision” to remove Singleton from life support.

Singleton received Oscar nominations in 1992 for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for “Boyz N the Hood,” which he wrote, directed and produced in his early 20s, just out of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Singleton became the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Singleton’s films sparked a pathway for others in Hollywood. Many actors, directors, and other talent took to social media to express their sorrow for his passing.

Famed actor Jordan Peele shared his sympathies on Twitter.

Samuel L. Jackson took to Twitter to pay his respects. Jackson starred in Singleton’s 2000 remake of the blaxploitation film “Shaft”.

Ice Cube, who was discovered by Singleton, shared his sorrow. The role in “Boyz N the Hood” helped open the doors to what has since become a prolific on-screen career for Cube.

Shonda Rhimes remembered a time where Singleton, who didn’t know her, called to give her encouragement and inspiration.

CNN commenter, Keith Boykin, explored how Singleton’s film history challenged many societal problems of our day.

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