Remembering John Singleton: Celebrities and Fans Mourn Death of Legendary Director

Celebrities and fans of legendary director John Singleton flocked to social media to mourn the star after he died Monday. His family took him off life support after Singleton suffered a stroke more than a week ago.

"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. 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 read.

Singleton was famous for directing a number of highly acclaimed movies and TV shows, lending his creative vision to 19 titles over his nearly 30-year career. However, his biggest feat may have been his first: his directorial debut with 1991's Boyz n the Hood, for which Singleton was nominated for two Oscars in 1992. Although he did not take home the gold that year, Singleton, who was 23 at the time of the film's release, still made history for being the youngest person to ever receive nominations in those categories.

Fans and celebrities by the dozens flooded social media with their condolences following Singleton's passing. Many Hollywood A-listers shared their personal accounts of working with Singleton, including award-winning director Shonda Rhimes, who noted how Singleton personally impacted her career and motivated her.

"There was a time when I was struggling to pay my bills in film school and not sure this town was for me. And one day, not long after Boyz N The Hood exploded on the scene, my phone rang. It was John Singleton," she wrote in an Instagram post. "John did not know me at all. But someone at USC had told him I was talented and he was kindly calling to offer me some words of encouragement. He told me to keep writing. I never forgot it. Praying for him and for his family now."

Taraji P. Henson, who stared in Singleton's 2001 hit Baby Boy alongside actor and singer Tyrese Gibson, said the show's castmates visited Singleton in the hospital just days before his death.

Snoop Dogg, who also starred in Baby Boy, thanked Singleton for all he did for young people of color by showing them and their culture on screen. "Thank you for all that you gave to the world the movies the messages the opportunities to so many people like myself to grace the big screen in a major role with major black actors you were and will allways [sic] be black excellence love you for life and beyond," he wrote on Monday.

Read on for more fan and celebrity messages about Singleton below.

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