October 13, 2019

Dedrick D Gobert, Who Played Dooky in John Singleton's 'Boyz 'n the Hood,' Died Days before Turning 23

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The 90s played host to many sitcoms and movies, one of them was “Boyz N the Hood,” directed by John Singleton. One of the stars of that series, Dedrick Gobert, tragically lost his life at a young age. 

Though there were loads of television series and films making waves in the 90s, none may have told the story of the hood more than John Singleton’s “Boyz N the Hood,” which starred rapper, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

John Singleton and Chaka Zulu at the Celebration of 25 Years - Boyz N The Hood on August 23, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images


The film eventually earned Singleton an Oscar nomination, but there was a tragedy, however, when one of the actors in the movie, Dedrick Gobert, died in 1994. 


Dedrick acted as Dooky in the movie. Dooky was the homeboy always around the block, and down for anything.

Dedrick also made appearances in two other films by Singleton, one being the 1993 movie, “Poetic Justice,” and the other, a 1995 film, “Higher Learning.” 

Late "Boyz 'n the Hood" actor Dedrick Gobert giving an interview before his death in 1994 | Youtube/Movieclips



Gobert died in 1994, before the release of “Higher Learning.” His death came in unexpected and tragic circumstances as he was one of the two men shot to death after a fight ensued over a drag race. Gobert was aged twenty-two at the time of his death.

A spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in making a statement on the incident, said that Gobert and another man, Ignacio Hernandez, aged 19, were killed in the early hours of Saturday on an isolated road in Mira Loma, North of Riverside. 

Dedrick Gobert and Ice Cube on the set of the movie, "Boyz 'n the Hood"' | Photo: Wikimedia


Another victim, a 16-year-old girl, suffered a gunshot wound in the neck and was subsequently hospitalized. Gobert was due to race with another man at a gathering of illegal drag racers.

However, an argument ensued which led to shots being fired. Hernandez attempted to save Gobert but was himself gunned down. The duo was found dead when Police arrived at the scene. 

Director Justice Singleton and actress Tyra Ferrell at a "Boyz N The Hood" event at the Ford Theatre on June 27, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



The movie showcased the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles, and many of the stars of the movie did go on to have successful careers.

Some of these stars include Laurence Fishburne, who acted as Furious Styles in the film. He went on to have a successful acting career, appearing in the film, “Thurgood.”

Laurence Fishburne and Nia Long at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Game Changers Screening Series - "Boyz N The Hood" event on June 27, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


Another star of the movie, Ice Cube, continues to impress in both music and movies. Cuba Gooding may not enjoy the same level of success as the previously mentioned duo, as his career has been one of ups and downs since the movie’s release in 1991. 

Chestnut, on the other hand, has been in many movies since then but he will always be recognized for the amazing role he played in “Boyz N the Hood." 

Ice Cube at American Airlines Center on August 17, 2019 in Dallas | Photo: Getty Images

Other notable cast members include actresses, Regina King, Nia Long, Angela Bassett, who have all enjoyed great success since then.