NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker John Singleton, who debuted with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued making movies that probed the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Director John Singleton attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Singleton’s family said Monday that he died after being taken off life support, about two weeks after the director suffered a major stroke.

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“Boyz N the Hood” was based on Singleton’s upbringing and shot in his old neighborhood. It starred Cuba Gooding Jr. as a rebellious teen whose single mother sends him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles.

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Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination. His other films included “Poetic Justice,” ”Rosewood” and “Shaft.”