John Singleton, the first African American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director — whose decorated career spanned nearly three decades in Hollywood — has died … TMZ has learned.
After many reports this morning that confirmed and denied his passing, all media outlets are now confirming the sad news.
The “Boyz n the Hood” director suffered the stroke 12 days ago after returning from Costa Rica. He checked himself into Cedars where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.
According to TMZ:
The family also revealed something we didn’t know. He kayaked in Marina del Rey every morning. They also said his greatest joy other than making movies was sailing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast.
The family added, “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.”
John was married only once … to Ghanaian actress Akosua Gyamama Busia in October 1996. They divorced a year later. He’s survived by his mom and 7 children.