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John Singleton arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
John Singleton arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

John Singleton died Monday at the age of 51. He spoke with On Point in 2005. We listen back to an excerpt.

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John Singleton, film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing "Boyz N the Hood."

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NPR: "John Singleton, Pioneering Director Of 'Boyz N The Hood,' Dies At 51" — "Less than two weeks after John Singleton suffered a massive stroke, the trailblazing filmmaker has died in Los Angeles at the age of 51. The director, who made history with 1991's Boyz n the Hood as the youngest person and first African American ever nominated for a best director Oscar, died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after his family took him off life support.

"'This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors,' the family said in a statement released to NPR, adding that he 'passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.'

"'John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director,' they said, 'who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up.' "

Stefano Kotsonis produced this hour for broadcast.

This segment aired on April 30, 2019.

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