John Singleton's Family's Statement About His Death Highlights The Director's Lasting Legacy

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The movie industry just said goodbye to a legend. On Monday, April 29, Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton died at age 51 after recently experiencing a stroke. The history-making Oscar nominee's rep confirmed the news to Bustle. Singleton's family's statement on his passing thanks everyone for their support, while also highlighting his lasting legacy in the industry.

In a message provided to Bustle by Singleton's rep, his family said:

In addition to confirming the news, his rep provided an even more expansive look back at Singleton's career with a statement, which read in part:

Singleton's family's statement also shed light on his health struggles, noting, "Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe. His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org."

As for his memorial service, information will be provided at a later date, per the same statement.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

In addition to reflecting on his career-wide passion for "giving opportunities to new talent," Singleton's family noted another great enjoyment of his. The statement read:

If you look through Singleton's Instagram, it's clear how much he loved the sea. There are multiple snapshots aboard a boat, including a message he posted on his own birthday back in January, which read, "Happy Birthday to me! Starting out the day boat maintenance....helps me relax my mind and soul... maybe ill head south today and watch the grey whales migrate ...life is beautiful .... sending love and blessings to the world... Appreciate all the birthday love today ... I’m still sailing strong."

News of Singleton's passing comes after he was hospitalized following a stroke earlier this month. His family previously released a statement to TheWrap, which read:

Not long after word spread of his death, tributes to Singleton poured in on Twitter with many noting his legacy as the first African-American director ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar for 1991's Boyz n the Hood. He also made history as the youngest nominee in the category at age 24.

As the director's family made clear in their statements, Singleton was loved by many — friends, fans, and everyone in between. And his mark on the entertainment industry will not be forgotten.