LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — The late “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton was buried Monday in a star-studded private ceremony.
Singleton died on April 29 at the age of 51 after being taken off life support following a massive stroke 12 days earlier.
Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were among those who came out to mourn Singleton at the Angelus Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, the neighborhood formerly known as South Central, where Singleton spent part of his childhood and where his career-defining film, “Boyz N the Hood,” was set.
Media was not allowed inside the funeral, which lasted about two hours before Singleton’s casket was carried out.
Others who paid their respects include “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and the film’s Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth Carter, “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray, football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, rapper Ludacris, and actors Ving Rhames, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese.
The director’s family says they are planning a public memorial for a later date.
Besides writing and directing the 1991 South Central L.A. drama “Boyz N the Hood,” the groundbreaking filmmaker also directed “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Hustle & Flow,” and the 2000 remake of “Shaft.” He grew up in South Los Angeles and attended USC, produced a documentary on the Los Angeles riots and co-created the series “Snowfall,” about the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.
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