Acclaimed film director and writer John Singleton has died at the age of 51. Singleton suffered a stroke and died a few weeks later.

Singleton became a household name in 1991, after the release of his debut film Boyz N The Hood. The coming of age drama depicted the lives of African-American teens growing up South Central Los Angeles. The groundbreaking film earned Singleton an Academy Award nomination for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay; making him the first African American and youngest person nominated for Best Director; Singleton was 23 at the time.

Singleton would go on to direct and write more critically acclaimed films including Poetic Justice, Rosewood, Four Brothers, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. He was also co-creator of the series Snowfall.

Singleton is survived by seven children, his mother, and several adoring friends and fans. His legacy will live on.