The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of John Singleton after the director was taken off of life support on Monday after being in a medically-induced coma last week following a major stroke.
Stars like Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, and Nia Long shared prayers for Singleton after news initially broke last week that he had been in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke.
Later, it was reported that Singleton had suffered another major stroke Wednesday before slipping into a coma. He then died on Monday, according to a family statement obtained by the Associated Press, Monday. He was 51.
Fellow California native Ava DuVernay reflected on his passing, writing on Twitter: “There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John.”
Rhimes reflected on the time Singleton called to offer her words of encouragement, adding that the director told her “to keep writing.”
More celebs offered prayers, memories, and kind words after the news spread, a reflection of Singleton’s impact on those influenced by his work.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Singleton and his family.