John Singleton will be remembered Monday, May 6, in a private funeral in Los Angeles.
In a statement to the media, a spokesperson for the Singleton family said the service will be “a very small, intimate goodbye for family and very close friends.” The gathering will be closed to media.
A larger memorial to celebrate the Oscar-nominated director’s life is currently being planned and will be held “in a few weeks.” No further details were released.
Singleton, who was best known for his 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, died from complications of a stroke on April 28. He was 51.
The groundbreaking filmmaker, whose early projects ignited thought and discussion on racial tensions and inequality, also helmed Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Baby Boy (2001) and Shaft (2002).
On Friday night, the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated Singleton’s life with a free screening of Boyz N the Hood.
“John Singleton accomplished what all creators strive to do. He entertained but also inspired generations of audiences and artists,” the festival said in a statement on social media.
John Singleton accomplished what all creators strive to do. He entertained but also inspired generations of audiences and artists. We've added a free screening of BOYZ N THE HOOD on Friday, May 3rd at #Tribeca2019 to honor this late luminary. Get tickets: https://t.co/CQzKii0B9s pic.twitter.com/x8V6inIrEy
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) May 2, 2019
Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He attended film school at USC and opened doors for countless writers, producers, actors and directors in Hollywood.
His recent work was in television. He co-created the FX series Snowfall, and directed episodes of several hit series, including Showtime’s Billions and Fox’s Empire.