John Singleton, the filmmaker famously behind Oscar nominated drama Boyz n the Hood died last week after suffering a “major stroke”. The 51-year-old writer/director/producer was placed on life support for almost two weeks before his passing on April 29. After a private funeral on Monday, Singleton’s final resting place will be in the same Hollywood cemetery as Paul Walker, who he worked with in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The 2 Fast 2 Furious director will be buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park where Paul Walker’s grave has resided since his 2013 passing. Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher, Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan and rapper Nipsey Hussle are also buried at Forest Lawn.
On Monday, some of his past collaborators including Ice Cube from Boyz n the Hood, Ludacris from the Fast and Furious films and Taraji P. Henson from Baby Boy attended his funeral, per NY Daily News. The filmmaker was certainly impacting Hollywood at the time of his recent passing. Boyz n the Hood is now a classic urban drama set in Singleton’s hometown of South Central Los Angeles was written and directed by him and earned acclaim for Best Screenplay from the Academy.
Baby Boy was an early film of Taraji P. Henson’s who helped place the actress on the map. The actress has since gone on to earn an Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and memorably starred in Empire and Hidden Figures. Singleton also helmed Rosewood and Shaft before taking on the Fast and Furious sequel.
A sequel to Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson is coming this summer and the Fast and Furious franchise is going strong at eight films and an upcoming spinoff titled Hobbs and Shaw starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Most recently, Singleton was a creator on the FX series Snowfall soon to premiere its third season in July.
On John Singleton’s death certificate it notes acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and hypertension as the causes of his death. He suffered the stroke on April 17 and was in a coma for days and living off life support before his family made the decision to put him off support on April 28.
Paul Walker died in a car accident at the age of 40 in the midst of filming Furious 7. The filmmakers paid homage to the actor and his iconic character in the franchise by enlisting his brothers to help digitally place him into a scene that had him saying goodbye to his co-stars and fans by riding off into the sunset.
Following the recent small, intimate funeral not open to the media or public, Singleton’s family is planning a larger memorial service for the late filmmaker in the next few weeks.