John Singleton's Death Certificate Reveals Cause of Death, Actual Date He Died

Mary Scott
May 08, 2019
09:39 A.M.

John Singleton’s death certificate has been released, and besides stating the famed director’s cause of death, it also reveals that he did not die on the day his family made the announcement.


Hollywood and movie lovers the world over were thrown into mourning on April 29 after Singleton’s family shared news of his passing, but now, over a week later, the public gets to know more about the circumstances surrounding his death.

John Singleton at the FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration on Sep. 16, 2017 in Century City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

John Singleton at the FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration on Sep. 16, 2017 in Century City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

According to a death certificate obtained by TMZ, the “Boyz n the Hood” director died of acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and hypertension.

His exact date and time of death were also listed as April 28 at 3:30 pm.



Singleton’s travails began earlier last month after he reportedly checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He went to the hospital because he was experiencing problems with his legs after returning from a trip to Costa Rica.

John Singleton speaking onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in California on Feb. 3, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

John Singleton speaking onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in California on Feb. 3, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Singleton was said to have suffered a stroke on April 17 while in the hospital; he slipped into a coma and was eventually taken off life support.

The Oscar nominee’s death sent shock waves throughout the entire film industry, prompting tributes from colleagues and other high-profile figures.



Ice Cube, the rapper/actor who starred in Singleton’s 1991 hit debut, “Boyz n the Hood,” tweeted:

“I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved [sic] bring the black experience to the world.”



Janet Jackson also remembered Singleton with a touching Instagram tribute.

The music legend was much younger when Singleton gave her the opportunity to star in “Poetic Justice,” the 1993 film where Jackson starred alongside the late Tupac Shakur.

“You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more,” wrote the 52-year-old alongside throwback images of herself and Singleton. “Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you, John.”




Former President Barack Obama joined in as well, praising Singleton for his classic coming-of-age film that portrayed the struggles of young, African-American teenagers living in a violence-riddled black community.

“Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.”



A private funeral service was held for the renowned filmmaker in his hometown of Los Angeles on Monday, per NBC New York. In attendance were many Hollywood top acts including "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, Oscar winner Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, and Ice Cube.

According to The Guardian, Singleton’s family is planning a larger memorial in a few weeks to celebrate his life.



Meanwhile, The Grio reports that Singleton’s mother, Sheila Ward-Johnson, on Friday filed court documents that included her late son’s 1993 will.

The will names Ward as executor and leaves nearly all of the director’s property to his daughter, Justice Singleton, who was his only child at the time the document was drafted.

Singleton reportedly went on to have more children, including a daughter Hadar Busia-Singleton, with his ex-wife, Ghanaian actress Akosua Busia.


Singleton was 51.

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